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Kathleen Sawyer


SWORDS (2017)

Type of book work: Unique / sculptural book-object (one-of-a-kind)
Dimensions: 65 x 105 x 5
Media: ballpoint pen / found notebook

Artist's / designer's statements

Based on the Tarot suite of the same name, Swords is a meditation on the female perception and memory of sexual trauma. In Tarot lore, the suite of Swords is associated with force, oppression, power, and masculinity. The Nine of Swords carries connotations of fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, and unresolved conflicts. For these reasons, this card is regarded by readers to be indicative of negativity when drawn.



2016 Master of Fine Art (Rhodes University)
2013 Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (Rhodes University)
2012 Bachelor of Fine Art (Rhodes University)
2008 Certificate in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (International TESOL Training)


2013 ABSA L'Atelier Merit Award
2013 Investec Rhodes Top 100 Award (Arts, Media and Society category)
2012 The Ampersand Foundation Fellowship
2009 Golden Key Honours Society for Academic Merit


Bibliophile … turning the pages [principal artist]. Absa Gallery, Johannesburg.
Sasol New Signatures finalist 2014. Pretoria Arts Museum, Pretoria.
ABSA KKNK art exhibition. Oudtshoorn.
Young '14: exhibition of upcoming talent. The Bag Factory, Johannesburg.
ABSA L'Atelier Top 3 finalist 2013. Johannesburg, Cape Town and East London.


Stephan Erasmus. Private collection. Johannesburg.
Gallery Route 62. Calitzdorp.
Stuttaford Van Lines. Port Elizabeth.

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