MAY 2022

'Oomblikke / Moments'

Chandler House | Solo Exhibition

What started off as a more graphic and illustrative exhibition, soon flourished into  a more painterly and informed one after the artist was introduced to the world of  suzanis. Ehlers spent weeks with a private collection of these embroidered Uzbek textiles, and, like the woven material she spent time with, the artist began weaving her brush-work and her ideas into the surfaces of her paintings. The cutting, collage and layering of her paperwork lead to new ways of expressing a new-found love for ancient motifs and patterns. In this exhibition, the viewer is invited upon a magic carpet ride, celebrating intuitive and fleeting moments of abundant colour, form and pattern.

‘Tell me what it is you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life.
When it is over, I want to say:
all my life I was the bride,
married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom,
taking the world into my arms.
To pay attention-
this is our endless and proper work.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

– Mary Oliver, ‘The Summer Day’

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