Poems for Angels: New work by Andrew Verster

06 October - 25 October 2009
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Angels are messengers. They bring good news and bad. They are, for me, a metaphor for our dreams, ambitions and aspirations and for our belief in something beyond the material.

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“Angels are messengers. They bring good news and bad. They are, for me, a metaphor for our dreams, ambitions and aspirations and for our belief in something beyond the material. My angels are made of the most commonplace of materials, cardboard and paper, most of it recycled from packaging. There are two life-size standing figures made of unpainted corrugated cardboard and a series of cardboard and paper wings, stridently coloured in a way the classic white mythical angels never dreamed of. Somewhere in their construction lurks the craft of origami.” Andrew Verster

In addition, the artist has reconfigured his personal poetry into works of art. He writes that: “In 2006 I wrote a number of poems for reasons which I have now forgotten. I did the first on New Year’s Day and wrote another the next. By the end of a week it had become a daily habit. I continued through until the end of April, when I stopped. From these 120 poems, I have selected 19, each of which I have rendered in ink, and illustrated.”