Half-Light, Michaelis School of Fine Arts

Half-Light is a collection of work produced for Ruby Swinney’s final graduate exhibition at Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town in 2015. The body of work consists of 35 paintings, and the collection was bought by the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). 
    The work was later featured in Human Nature, a solo exhibition at the museum in 2018. 

I read Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go […] The haunting, timeless quality, set in a curiously nostalgic, yet unidentifiable period and landscape, and the painful emotional lives of these ‘non-people’ [...] has a powerful resonance for me.

[… ]Our nostalgia for a more utopian past might even be a slip of memory, a distortion caused by longing for what may or may not have been.

[...] In an age of doubt, stuck in the twilight space of uncertainties, we cling to these memories of wistful certitude.

- Ruby Swinney, Half-Light catalogue essay

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Photography:  Michael Hall Photography
Graduate show 
02 December - 17 December 2015
Michaelis School of Fine Art
Cape Town

Fall series  

Trace series 

Echo series  

Installation view of the Graduate Show.

Photography: Zeitz MOCAA