“Art for me is stepping into the unknown. Sometimes the materials lead me, trying to dictate, and sometimes I am the leader. It’s like a dance that creates something out of nothing. When the work sings to me I know it’s done.
My work focuses on recycling and the transformation of materials that have been discarded. I am drawn to the textured, dilapidated, rusted, weathered and decayed materials affected by the interaction of time and history. Through the materials that I use: cardboard, metal, glass, wire mesh, rubber, plastic, hessian, mud, ash, pigments, building materials and other treasures I am stepping into the unknown in order to reconstruct by pulling apart, dismantling, manipulating and weaving a new story using the material as a metaphor. Sometimes the materials lead me, trying to dictate and sometimes I take the lead. It is a dance that creates something out of nothing.
Talia Goldsmith was born in Israel and moved to South Africa in 1984. She studied art at the Kalisher School of Art in Tel Aviv.
Goldsmith has an inner fascination with found materials and their use. Talia infuses her work with unusual and unique combinations of recycled materials. Her use of organic forms, texture, weaving, stitching, manipulation, and human labor are all influenced by Yemenese roots, as well as her life in South Africa. Goldsmith has always said, ” Roots are the Essence”. Her work is a story that knits together material, religion, culture, and history. Her focus as an artist is to comment on the human condition through means and metaphors of interrogating the human form, language, spirituality, and music. Talia’s work is part of collections in South Africa, Israel, Canada and New York. She has had several solo exhibitions as well as group exhibitions.
Solo Exhibitions 2010 Kriah-(Ritual of mourning) Sculptures – metal mesh and cement
2014 Singing Roots, Old Womans Gaol, Constitution Hill
Group Exhibitions 2023 Optimal Vibrations, Group Exhibition, Graham Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa
Sunny Side Up, Group Exhibition, Graham Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa
2019 SculptX, Melrose Gallery Material Identity, Melrose Gallery
2018 Priest Gallery, RMB. Turbine Art Fair Julie Miler Gallery, Mall of Africa
2017 Hazard Gallery, Maboneng.Tectonics curated by Jonathan Freemantle.
2016 Submission for the Dakar International Bienalle
Stephan Welz & Co., Fine Art & Design Auctioneers, May 2016
2015 The Gavin Project, Garden Court Rosebank
That Art Fair, The Gavin Project Gallery, Cape Town
The Gavin Project Gallery, Turbine Hall
S.Art Gallery, Hout Bay
Light The Flame Exhibition curated by Jessica Deutsch 2015