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Five new Marigold designs have emerged in response to the work of South African artist William Kentridge. Developed for Norval Foundation, Cape Town, they mark the major Kentridge exhibition Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture, August 2019 — March 2020. 

Graphic text-based artworks like HOC, XA, and WAIT, WAIT were fertile sources for translation into the grid-like structure of loomed beadwork. The cover design of the book The Refusal of Time references a Russian Constructivist aesthetic often found in Kentridge’s work and this striking cover informed two of the five designs.

The five new designs are overarching types within which the necklaces produced are each unique variations. Made in creative response to Kentridge’s visual language rather than as illustrations of specific works, the connections and associations cohere and hover in multiple ways.

© 2019 Photography: Liz Whitter


Nose 22


Sugarlift aquatint, drypoint and engraving

19.9 x 14.8 cm

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Nose 28


Sugarlift aquatint, drypoint and engraving

24.8 x 19.8 cm

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Blue Rubrics (WAIT, WAIT)


Lapis Lazuli pigment on found thesaurus pages

44 x 53 cm 

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Book cover for The Refusal of Time

Published 2012

Editions Xavier Barral

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