Varenka Paschke exhibition at Art In The Yard in Franschhoek

by Karisa

Artist Varenka Paschke

If you’re planning to take a drive out to the winelands and you happen to find yourself in the Franschhoek area this month, consider popping in at Art In The Yard to check out a new mixed media exhibition by artist Varenka Paschke.

Varenka has exhibited extensively in both South Africa and in Europe, and back in 2003 she had the great honour of tutoring Nelson Mandela in art lessons, assisting him in producing the Robben Island series.

She currently lives & works between Antwerp  and Cape Town, and this will be her first exhibition in 3 years.

The exhibition, HUNGRY MONEY DEPLETING LIFE, opens tomorrow (Saturday, 7 March 2015) and will run until 31 March 2015.

Here’s a bit of info to give you an idea of what the exhibition is all about:

Through the eyes of the next generation the artist explores the follies of adult existence. The works depict scenarios of human behaviour to overcome the stresses of the modern world, we see warning signs to our over exaggerated caution, mindlessness, lack of tenacity and empathy to all that surrounds us.

This passionate commentary on today’s naive society is captured in truly beautiful aesthetics. Varenka produces powerful, straightforward depictions in her signature use of an unsuspecting mix of mediums. Varenka will be showcasing two dimensional works, oil on fabric on board and to heighten the experience she has completed sculptures to accompany the paintings made from tactile hand carved wood and intense ceramic shapes.

Artist Statement:


Consume plastic
Drink fire
Eat rubbish
Think lazy
Outsource ethics
Create prisons
Watch edited shit
Take more
Feel nothing

Inhale junk
Exhale silence

One of the pieces that form part of the exhibition

If you’re interested in checking it out, here’s a summary of the need-to-knows:

  • When?  7 – 31 March 2015 (opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday & Public holidays 9.30am – 5.30pm)
  • Where? Art In The Yard – The Yard, 38 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
  • How can I get in touch?  You can contact Art In The Yard on 021 876 4280 or

Oh and happy Friday everybody!


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