Mount Neslon Hotel – Michaelis Staff print portfolio
“Cape Town bears the traces of its divisive shared history, a nascent democracy and the emergence of a rainbow nation. In its newest incarnation the Mother City has become a popular travel destination much admired for its natural beauty, and Table Mountain has been identified as a World Heritage Site and a wonder of the natural world.
These artworks contribute to and reflect the Mount Nelson’s own, unique character and each work is a vibrant part of its destination and the local culture, while the hotel’s exquisite gardens are filled with indigenous plants found only in the lee of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. Here, both art and hospitality provide opportunities for enrichment and surprise.
This portfolio of prints produced by staff of the Michaelis School of Fine Art is diverse, spanning land and water, activity and contemplation. local individuality and iconic landmarks: phone lines and bus routes spread out like ink on wet paper; the traces of a lost cultures are reimagined; tortoises creep slowly around the urban fringe while ships bear their goods on rising oceans. The mountain continues and the unique fynbos survives, but the original landscape has been transformed into a city and its suburbs, which embody a continuing cultural contestation.
There are an infinite number of ways to which to see and know a place, even in fragments. Cape Town has a myriad representations and meanings for both visitors and inhabitants. They surprise. They inspire. They can challenge or entertain. Whatever they do, they keep us coming back for more.”
This print portfolio was printed using a digital inkjet process on Innova cotton rag paper with archival pigment inks.
Participants: Thomas Cartwright, Nadja Daehnke, Colin Richards, Rael Sally, Pippa Skotnes and Katherine Spindler.
Published by the Katrine Harries Print Cabinet, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. 2013.