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THE LIFE AND WORK OF Jean Dreyer

Jean Dreyer has exhibited at several galleries nationwide, in solo and group shows. Working from studios in Cape Town and Bloemfontein, her work features mainly as oil on incised wood panels, black pen and mixed media sketches, and collages. She holds a Master of Arts (Linguistics) at McGill University in Montreal and taught courses in syntax and language acquisition.

Violence is a language.

Translated into the paperwork of Jean Dreyer, introspection into and the exploitation of the individual within the socio-political order of the time, are rendered as black sketches and collages.

The aesthetics of the collage medium provides a theatrical setting through which to visualize and comment on the reality of war and migration across borders. It takes the form of the farcical as it exaggerates and distorts a past experience through present perceptions.  At the same time, images, culled from different time frames and out of context sources, frame our society’s detached and desensitized attitudes towards suffering.

The series, first as tragedy, then as farce, comments on the ridiculous, endless cycles of war. The harassment of women during the course of migration contrasts violation and vitality, submission, and strength.  Expression is emotive. Lines in black, paper cuts and inks interact to disrupt, to reclaim who belongs.

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