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Life and Death Drive ‘Magic’ of South African artist Bronwyn Lace

  • Darren Taylor
Insects embossed in paper, thousands of feathered fishing flies in ceiling-high columns, the skeleton of a horse suspended to suggest a prehistoric or alien creature, rhino bones in the shape of a snake eating its own tail … South African artist Bronwyn Lace often uses bizarre materials to realize her fantasies. To view her work is to become part of a magical world where art and physics merge and structure and form decompose to offer wondrous insights into life and death, order and chaos.
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Bronwyn Lace’s suspended horse skeleton in a gallery in Johannesburg (Photo: B. Lace)
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Bronwyn Lace’s suspended horse skeleton in a gallery in Johannesburg (Photo: B. Lace)

Bronwyn Lace, whose art is described as “beautiful” and “magical” (Photo: B. Lace)
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Bronwyn Lace, whose art is described as “beautiful” and “magical” (Photo: B. Lace)

The artist enjoys working with monofilament fishing line, which she used here to suspend thousands of fishing flies (Photo: B. Lace)
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The artist enjoys working with monofilament fishing line, which she used here to suspend thousands of fishing flies (Photo: B. Lace)

Lace also secured pieces of glass from a church window using fishing line (Photo: B. Lace)
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Lace also secured pieces of glass from a church window using fishing line (Photo: B. Lace)

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