Having been situated in the heart of Johannesburg for the last 33 years – and speaking reasonable French and a smattering of a number of local languages – I have the had the privilege of having access to an extraordinary collection of wonderful traders who for one or another reason find themselves passing through “Jozi” as it is fondly referred to.
These resilient traders are constantly traversing the African continent looking for unusual objects to bring to me. Because of my passion for objects and their makers and origins, I am constantly researching and coming upon new material that inspires me. Johannesburg is defined as the heart of the African continent economically, and because of this is becoming a trade-route for Contemporary and Tribal Objects from the four corners of the Continent.
I meet traders on a weekly basis to see what is on offer – the range is broad and fascinating. We sit on little stools – drinking tea and discussing the pieces. In this way – I learn a huge amount about the contemporary trade-roots that exist and that are ever-changing. As well as what is on offer at any particular time – and get to share with the “runners” how a particular piece finds it’s way into my life. I believe implicitly that we are custodians in the journey of these pieces – and I take that very seriously. I only acquire what really resonates with me and have always worked in this intuitive way. Because I exhibit contemporary objects next to very old museum-quality objects, the choice that I make is governed by a very initial personal response to the quality of the actual object, and always defined by the integrity of the person who brings the piece to my door. The pieces that I exhibit and collect cover descriptions such as:
Having been situated in the heart of Johannesburg for the last 33 years, and speaking reasonable French and a smattering of a number of local languages, I have the had the privilege of having access to an extraordinary collection of wonderful traders who for one or another reason find themselves passing through “Jozi” as it is fondly referred to.
Because of my life-long passion for objects, their makers and their origins, I am constantly researching and coming upon new material that inspires me. I have for 25 years – been meeting traders on a weekly basis, sharing with them my extensive research, exchanging thoughts and observations about the constantly changing situation that we find ourselves in, in the world of collecting and trading on the African continent. Conversations that bring the objects that resonate with me, closer in understanding and custodianship.
Due to the fact that my interests lie in both the Contemporary Objects and pieces of Old Material Culture, I am able to acquire a very broad spectrum of beautiful pieces. The Gallery at any one time has collections and exhibitions of vintage: