Glynn Vivian Artist Talk: Roy Efrat and Catrin Webster

July 7, 2020

Artists Roy Efrat and Catrin Webster discuss their recent collaborative work and exhibition, Pansy, that was scheduled to take place at Glynn Vivian in April-June 2020.

Pansy is a new collaborative commission between Catrin Webster (Wales) and Roy Efrat (Israel/Germany). Comprised of four new works, which include oil painting and video mapping, the work explores the complex meanings of the word Pansy. Inspired by Franz Kafka’s 1926 novel, The Castle, in which we see the protagonist K. struggle with authority, repeatedly trying to progress his work, which we never quite understand, but never moving beyond the Castle’s snowy borders. In Efrat and Webster’s work, the Pansy (P.) navigates a journey across the vast, softly painted background, humorous and playful. The work references identity, sexuality, gender and perception. Other works include a cinematic scale painting filling the Atrium, and small painting/video mapping works. Both artists are painters. Webster’s work explores contemporary interpretations of place, and the potential to combine painting with performative approaches, such as exploring ‘landscape’ on a motorbike or video through painting. Efrat’s incorporates painting and video mapping with his early experience of working as an internationally acclaimed classical dancer. Webster and Efrat, met during a URRA Residency in Buenos Aires in 2015. This exhibition was programmed in partnership with Swansea Pride, LGBT History Month and generously supported by Art Fund, Friends of Glynn Vivian and the Arts Council of Wales.

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