Emalie Bingham is a mixed media artist who views her work as a token of an event or exchange. Since completing her BA Fine Art degree from Rhodes University, this Dean’s Merit List recipient, who boasts several accollades and awards, has been involved in numerous successful group exhibitions in an around South Africa, including participation at Cape Town’s Design Indaba where she exhibited alongside Lorenzo Nassimbeni.
I document details of stories: the process of creating a work, personal stories, the stories of objects and artifacts, artifacts and identity. I engage real and imagined moments. I explore and subvert notions of value, quality and success. I am intrigued by our ideas of identity and sustainability in relation to the human condition: fragile, temporary, limited, incomplete, becoming. I seek new discourses to speak about old things; alternative models of thought in maps or sculptural form.
Bingham- who will be part of the Zaneliza: How The Water Moves multi-art production by Msaki (real name Asanda Mvana)- describes her work as more process- and event-orientated, which allows for the exposure and exploration of societal structures and patterns in her work. This artist likes to reflect on the interactions that are necessary for the manifestation of the art we so love to frequent and collect, deconstructing these systems. “It’s not so much about the final product…”, she says, “…as it is everything in between”.
Speaking on the mixed media on canvas works she produced – inspired by Catalyst, a track on Msaki’s ‘Zaneliza: How The Water Moves’ album which drops in May 2015- Bingham says the art moves in a particular order:
The first is the kind of unsettled awareness and restlessness that something is about to happen. The second one, with its pink lines, is kind of the ‘catalyst’ literally coming out from a cliff type thing and setting something in motion- the lines remind me of the music stave/staff in music. The last piece is like the quietly tamed fire, burning in water, but it’s also like grass and new life – the refining and the new life in one. There’s a stirring of fire. And then the three together a sort of “phenomenon of nature causing chain reactions…”
Emalie Bingham is involved in a group exhibition, Empire, which opens at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town on 23 April 2015 and runs until 6 May 2015. She has produced a text piece, a re-interpreted excerpt from a limited edition art book by Andrew Breitenberg, called Bible Holy.
She works from her home studio in Bokaap, Cape Town, and currently supplies work to Yellowwoods Arts.