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Kyra Papé

South African Visual Artist

– Artist Statement –

My artistic practice has for the most part been a direct response to my personal physical material experiences. The body, as a form, is a temporary entity in a constant state of change. As a result it is in a conversational tension with itself, pushing upon its own boundaries. My primary interest is in the boundaries or non-boundaries that are being pushed, destabilised or contained via the work. My main material interest is with sugar (melted) as a result of the physical behaviour of the material in relation to a personal severe allergy. I attempt in my manipulation of the sugar to gain control over a material which leaves my body vulnerable and helpless. However, the sugars ever-changing unstable state continuously pushes back.

I have expanded my exploration to include polyurethane foam, an acrylic medium and various inks. These materials explore viscerally potent manifestations where the appearance and texture of each material plays in the realm of amorphous masses and the internal body; leaving a fleshy corpulent alien image on the surface or in the sculptural form itself. My process of making is obsessive and meticulous, indicative of my bodily frustrations. Although the abstract masses tend to carry a sense of delicacy, familiarity and organic fluidity, they remain foreign and shapeless, keeping the work in a contradictory state.

Upcoming & Current Exhibitions


  • September 29 – October 3rd – Turbine Art Fair Evergreen, 2021. Artsy online, September 29th – October 17th – Represented by Gallery 2.
  • Through the Window – A Collection of Visual Narratives – Group show at Gallery 2, November 6th 2021 – February 26th 2022
  • SEED II – South African Foundation for Contemporary Art – SAFFCA. Villa Arcadia in Parktown -Tuesday the 15th or Wednesday the 16th of March 2022






South Africa

Gallerist contact

Gallery 2 –

Glynis Blomkamp – (+27) 083 457 4851

Julie Miller African Contemporary –

Julie Miller – (+27) 083 632 7741