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Adéle du Plessis Sketch on 21 April 2020 - Teabag, 2020

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Adéle du Plessis, Sketch on 21 April 2020 - Teabag
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  • Medium

    Painting : tempera

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

  • Support

    Painting on canvas on stretcher

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Unique work

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  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

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    (Teabag sketch)

    We seem to be looking at arbitrary shapes and colours in this tempera painting, where the distinction between light and dark seems to be the theme of this painting.
    It takes a while before we find out that this painting has a particular and recognizable subject: a teabag. The angular and jagged shape of the pouch suggests that it has been some time since it was used. The teabag on the right side falls slightly outside the field of view.
    On the left we see the string running in a wildly wavy line to the label. This label has been left free, so we don't know what kind of tea it is - nor can this tea bag ask us any questions. The object casts a deep dark shadow on the light background. The use of high pastel colours makes it look like the tea bag is on a natural stone, marble perhaps?

    The black of the shade of the tea bag is not just black on closer inspection. Cool deep blue-grey alternates with warm deep brown. These colours also alternate in the relief of the shadows in the bag itself. These pastels are also reflected in the light background. On the one hand, this represents a whole; on the other, it seems to deny depth effect.

    When I saw that the subject of this painting was a dried out tea bag, I immediately found [title] a hilarious work. It is absurd to take such a daily object that has lost its usefulness - the tea has long been made - as inspiration. It bears witness to Adéle's astute and witty mind. But the work touches on a more profound question: what is it worth to serve as a subject in art? What is art worthy of?
    Of course, this question should not always prevail when looking at this work. It remains a humorous work by a perceptive artist. The person with whom this work hangs can appreciate this and shares her intelligence and sharpness. And [title] may put things in perspective. What else do we not see the beauty of everyday things?
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Adéle du Plessis

South Africa Born in: 1969

Adéle du Plessis

The Artist Sheet of Adéle du Plessis. Let us get to meet the lady behind the art.


Who is she artistically?

She is a Painter and sculptor, or wherever the creative process takes her. Found Cities 2017 is a good example of an intersection of her different creative talents.


What is her style?

Broad brush strokes with a lot of texture. Colourful, interplay between pastels and saturated primary colours. Dreamer 2018 is a great example of her use of pastels and Museum Café Groningen 2017 a great example of her use of saturated colours and broad brush strokes.


Why is her style special?

Her work is easy to look at, explores art history through your own technique as well as researching small details of life that are distilled pieces of a greater emotion or life. The style is also familiar to many and painted in the style of Expressionist and Impressionist from the 20th century.


Museum Café Groningen 2017 combines her own life as an artist, an art lover, Art History, art institutions and the art community in one picture. She has a beautiful way of creating meta view of the world and art in small moments captured in painting.


What are your qualifications as an artist?

Studied Art at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, been making art for more than 30 years. Will paint anything from walls, to tables, to body casts to floors. The painting process is always ongoing.


Du Plessis is inspired by the world she lives in and her technique reflecting what she has absorbed. An example hereof is her Stained Glass piece which she created after her trip to Reims, France.



What does your art mean to you?

Art allows for small fragments of yourself that does not conjunct with society and it needs a voice, art gives it a language. Creating art settles mind and spirit. Finally the unsaid is given a voice.


In 2012, Du Plessis did an exercise in loosening creative energy and in retrospect also tapping into the subconscious. Her Unnamed painting was the culmination of a process of hundreds of art work on paper. It was a constant process with varying results on stack and stacks of roughly A3 paper and finally this painting.

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