Jul 23 – Aug 11 2010
Now in its tenth year, Timely Reflections showcases the work of inmates at Westgate Prison, featuring a variety of art mediums — from watercolour to sculpture.
Westgate Art Instructor Lester Harnett has been teaching art there for almost 18 years.
“The name Timely Reflections came about from the inmates themselves,” he explains. “They’re all doing time and have time to reflect.
“It is therapeutic for the inmates. The art programme here is one of the most convenient programmes for them where individuals are able to work in their room.”
The artistic reach of those displaying pieces in the show is very wide in terms of ability — from well-known artists to those who have never before “picked up a paintbrush.”
“I instruct the class to let your heart guide you and paint with what you feel inside,” Mr. Harnett says. “They do need a little something positive in their lives. It’s so easy for everyone to just turn their back.”
“My Uglies” by Sunell Lombard
Sunell continues to examine people – the way they interact, express themselves and construct identity. The raw and imperfect have always appealed to Sunell more than the pretty and polished and her caricatures are the result of honing in on our flaws and fetishes and exaggerating them.