Snapshot of a sculptor reflecting on a process of perpetual change
Beth Diane Armstrong’s first major solo exhibition explores ideas of infinity, writes Eugene Yiga
The Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg is presenting in perpetuum Beth Diane Armstrong’s first major solo exhibition and the first cohesive body of work the Standard Bank Young Artist has put together since 2011. "All themes in this exhibition can be tied into the title: ideas of infinity — things not having a beginning or end — and being in process," she says. "Many sculptures in this show, and historically, look like they are parts of a greater whole; that the structure could extend further into space. There’s a zooming in and out effect — what’s small is big and what’s big is small — and imagery is repeated in different scales." The concept came after a fair amount of creating. And while the work and ideas happened in a relay of sorts, it began with her hands. It’s this conceptual and thematic sense of process that makes it impossible for her to separate herself from her art. "In a sense, this exhibition is a snapshot in time of me as a being in process," she says. "There’s no...