If These Bones Could Talk
curated by carol Brown
This exhibition tells the story, through art, of an artist's encounters with rhinos wounded by the greed and cruelty of humans. Monique van Deventer regularly accompanied her husband, Dr Ryan van Deventer who is a wildlife veterinarian, on field trips in KZN. As an artist, Monique was shocked to see the suffering and sometimes death of these animals who are globally being poached to extinction. Her powerful drawings and ceramic renditions of bones are a tribute to five specific rhinos who have been affected by this cruelty. Her sensitive "portraits" bring home the fact that these are sentient beings.