10/09/2022 - 22/10/2022

New Work - Painting

Cara Nahaul - Swimming Lessons

Tue-Sat: 10-6pm

In the book (*1) that accompanies this exhibition, Cara Nahaul writes: “My childhood is flooded with memories of the sea … a body of water that sits between Malaysia and Mauritius—the islands of my parents.”

Since her earliest explorations as an artist, the Indian Ocean has been vital to Nahaul, forming an integral framework for her vivid paintings of white-hued houses and lavish greenery—crisp compositions constructed from minimal components—as well as her hazier pencil-and-pastel drawings of the same verdant landscape. Memory functions in tandem: the recollections cited by the artist relate to trips she took as a young child to her grandparents’ house in Mauritius. Although intermittent, lasting the duration of a school holiday (Nahaul was raised in St. Albans, England), the vibrant terrains she encountered, belonging to her forebears, left an indelible impression.

The works in 'Swimming Lessons' evolved after the artist returned to Mauritius in 2020, following an absence of over ten years.


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