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Taryn King, formerly of Komani, with some of her statues now on display in the Mall of Africa

THE young Komani woman who is making waves in the world of fine art, Taryn King, has sold her seven life-sized sculptures and they are at present on display in the Mall of Africa in Johannesburg.
Taryn, daughter of Scants and Bridget of Haig Avenue, matriculated at GHS before studying fine art at Rhodes University, where she obtained a Masters degree. For her Masters thesis in 2014, she created seven life-sized sculptures modelled on her own body, which she titled Obscura and they were exhibited again on the tops of various Grahamstown buildings at last year’s National Arts Festival as The Sentinels.
In March, Taryn took three of them to Cape Town for That Art Fair with all seven eventually being purchased for The Red Room Art Gallery in Hout Bay.
The owner, Maik Kobald, has taken them to The Mall of Africa in Johannesburg for the launch of the Julie Miller Investment Art Institute.
Red Room was involved in the curating of this exhibition and, together with Julie Miller, they decided to place the sculptures in the public space of the mall.
Taryn said: “I have always preferred my work exhibited in an unconventional space rather than a white cube, so that it can be experienced by passers-by, not only the few people who enter the gallery space”.
The statues have been widely photographed, including a complete photo shoot on the sand dunes of Bloubergstrand before That Art Fair. Taryn is living and working in Hong Kong and saving to make her first life-size sculpture in bronze – a very costly exercise.

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