Spring Quartet

A Group Exhibition by Botanical Artist Lisa Strachan, Ceramic Artist Margy Malan, Cyanotypographer Erica Bartholomae and Jewellery Artist Tiffany Marx.
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Artist Statement:

The Tree of Life’ is an iconic motif in many of the world’s mythological, religious and philosophical traditions. These trees connect heaven, earth and the underworld. They visualize origin myths. Their boughs are laden with symbolism. In ancient Iran, two mythic trees, Mashya and Mashyane, were the ancestors of all living beings. In Mesopotamian mythology, trees could be manifestations of God. Yggdrasil, the Norse world tree, represents the physical structure of the Viking universe. Yggdrasil’s roots were eternally gnawed by subterranean monsters and the various realms of gods and humans existed on different branches. In South African folklore, Kaang, the great master and lord of all life, created an immense tree that stretched over the entire country. He dug a hole at its base that reached all the way down into the underworld where people and animals had lived until this point, releasing them to the world above ground.

‘Trees of Life’ are found throughout all art forms; ancient to contemporary, in painting, carving and embroidery. Ever since we have been telling stories to make sense of the world, we have been creating dream trees, and filling them with our hopes and fantasies.

The Tree of Life’ found its way into my imagination from my mother’s exquisite collection of Suzanis – an ancient embroidery art form from the Middle East. TheTree of Life’ is a prominent design motif in this tradition too. Their trees are decorated with flowers, birds and animals common to the the Middle Eastern World. For this exhibition, I chose to create Trees of Life’ representing South Africa and filled their branches with our uniquely beautiful flora and fauna, and our country’s children.

When I first started thinking about this exhibition a year ago, I imagined road trips all over South Africa to observe the trees particular to different regions and the creatures that made them their homes. When traveling became an impossibility, I decided that instead of painting actual trees I would paint fantasies of trees, or – Tree Dreams. Rather than accurate, botanical versions, these are images of trees as they exist in my imagination. Researching the birds and animals particular to a region has become an illustrated daydream, a longing for a time when we can adventure out again.

Maria Baumann is a watercolour artist living and working in Johannesburg. She attained a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of Stellenbosch.

Signed and editioned prints of the works on exhibition are available upon request.

Our Spring Quartet consists of the Botanical Artist Lisa Strachan, Ceramic Artist Margy Malan, Cyanotypographer Erica Bartholomae and Jewellery Artist Tiffany Marx.

For all inquiries please contact us directly.

Botanical Watercolours by Lisa Strachan

Ceropegia sandersonii and Ceropagia rendalli
R5 400,

Protea Mucronifolia

R8 400, sold


R7 200, sold

Albuca Spiralis
R4 600, sold

Haemanthus and Scadozus
R7 800, sold

Waterblommetjie with Floating Oxalis Natans
R4 800, sold

Haemanthus Albiflos
R4 200

Passion Flower with Protea Chafer Beetle
R5 400

Daisies at the Disco
R6 400, sold

Cyanotypes by Erice Bartholomae

Ixia and Wild Grasses
R2 200, unframed, sold

Tufedred Restios
R2 400, unframed, sold

R1 800, unframed, sold

R1 800, unframed, sold

Cape Grass I
R1 800, unframed, sold

Stargrass I
R1 800, unframed, sold

Stargrass II
R1 800, unframed, sold

Dietes Grandiflora
R2 200, unframed, sold

Staberoha Distachya
R950, unframed, sold

Leucadendron I
R1 800, unframed, sold

Leucadendron II
R950, unframed

R450, unframed, sold

R450, unframed, sold

Wild Freesia
R450, unframed

Coriander Seeds
R400, unframed, sold

Currie Bush
R350, unframed, sold

R8 500

R11 800, sold

R11 200, sold

Oak Leaf
R250, unframed, sold

Ceramics by Margy Malan

Each ceramic vessel comes with a brass-wire hanging mechanism so they can be displayed on walls

R3 600

R4 500

R3 600, reserved

Passion Flowers
R4 400

R2 800, sold

Buddleia Loquat
R6 800, sold

Green Loquat
R4 400, sold

Buddleia in Fade
R3 500, sold

Frangapani Essence
R10 200, sold

Friends Came to Visit
R10 200, sold

Jewellery Pieaces by Tiffany Marx

The 'Falling Star' Collection

The ‘Falling Star’ Wreath
R5 900

The ‘Falling Star’ Bracelet
R3 500

The ‘Falling Star’ Head Piece / Tiara
R10 400

The ‘Falling Star’ Head Piece / Tiara
R3 900

The ‘Falling Star’ Head Piece / Tiara
R4 900

The ‘Falling Star’ Earring Collection

The 'Spik-Thorn' Collection

The ‘Quartet’ Ring
R2 500

The ‘Duet’ Ring
R1 900

The ‘Spring Breeza’ Earrings
R2 900

The Spike-Thorn Collar
R6 900

The Spike-Thorn Neckpiece
R12 600

The Spike-Thorn Asymmetrical Collar
R6 900

For all sales and inquiries,

please contact Chandler House:


(021) 424 4810


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Monday – Friday: 10H00 – 17H00 / Saturday: 10h00 – 14h00

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