TD Collection and START welcome its second artist in residence

The Tiroche DeLeon Collection and START are delighted to introduce the South African artist Isabelle Grobler as the second participant of their Residency program.

Specialising in sculptural installation, printmaking and drawing, Isabelle’s work explores the notions of hierarchies and power relations in a world scattered by economic and socio-political paradoxes. ‘The cannibals' banquet', Isabelle’s on-going project assembles discarded and obsolete objects to create an imaginary society of hybrid and whimsical creatures.

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Delving into contemporary issues related to consumption, discarding, cannibalization, empathy and assemblage, the artist questions the complex relation between perpetrators and victims and their interchangeable roles. Playing with lights, the installation entangles the viewer’s shadows into this surrealistic space, mixing up monsters and human shapes.

In continuation to ‘The cannibals’ banquet’, Isabelle will take the Tiroche DeLeon Residency as an opportunity to initiate a new project exploring power relations and dynamics between parents and children and in particular, investigating the composite world of childhood. Using discarded materials collected from the streets and playgrounds of Jaffa-Tel Aviv, the artist will create unique drawings and build her first sculptural installation for the children of the cannibals.

These works will be showcased in a solo exhibition (3 September 2015) organized in one of the START venues at the ‘Pishpeshim’ Up Market complex in Jaffa. The exhibition will be supported by the Tiroche DeLeon Collection, START and the artist’s representative gallery Sulger-Buel Lovell.

Isabelle Grobler (b.1982), was born is Pretoria and grew up in Bloemfontein and spent her childhood years between the family farm and town. After a career as a Junior Springbok hockey player, Grobler proved her versatility by completing her BA degree in Fine Art at the University of the Free State in 2009 and her Master of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2012. She currently lives in Cape Town where she works as a fulltime artist.