Artist and interior designer Marie-Louise Koen will present her exhibition, Tidal Pools from 1 December 2021 to 15 January 2022 at The Yard, which is located in the Silo District at the V & A Waterfront.
Koen’s latest series depicts select tidal pools around the Western Cape. The show is inspired by the way these pools bring together a community of ocean-loving people of all ages, genders and races. The artist will donate a percentage of any works sold to The Beach Co-op, an NPO that works to clear plastic waste from our beaches and oceans.
This new body of work continues to explore the seascapes that captivate the artist. Koen’s previous solo show, entitled Been Dreaming of the Med, captured people enjoying some of Europe’s most popular beach holiday spots. The zest for life and dreamy aquatic blues, were a welcome antidote to Covid-induced isolation. Tidal Pools is in the same vein.
Koen is based between New York City, where she works for a Tribeca-based architecture firm, and Cape Town, where she was born. Returning to the Mother City during lockdown, she turned her attention to the astounding beauty of the Cape. In particular, to its coastline.
Bringing people together
“This time the inspiration is a lot closer to home,” she says. Inspired by her immediate environment, her Tidal Pools series explores the beauty of Cape Town’s seaside, from the pools themselves to the communities they invite. “The daily routine of a cold-water dip has brought together a community of ocean-loving people of all ages, genders, races, and that’s the true inspiration behind this body of work,” she adds.
There are 24 tidal pools across the Atlantic Seaboard and False Bay and Koen has painted 13 of them. They form a homage to marine life, to the shore, to summer, and to life-giving, fun activities – like swimming and splashing about – that bring people together.
“Cape Town’s seaside pools are so special,” Koen states. “Not only is the setting spectacular, but we are lucky to have so many of these places, that are all free for all people to enjoy.”
What: Marie-Louise Koen exhibits Tidal Pools
Where and when: The Yard, Ground Floor, Silo 4, Silo District, V&A Waterfront from 1 December 2021 to 15 January 2022