Wolf Mother

The title of Kreh Mellick’s new exhibition at InToto Gallery is as alluring as the artworks themselves. Wolf Mother and Tales of the Impromptu Circus is, as the name implies, a dark and fanciful journey drawing from childhood, folklore, history and the artist's imagination. ‘I loved the primal sound of the words, Wolf Mother’, Kreh told HL while a storm fittingly raged outside the gallery on opening night,The title emerged from my passion for placing old-fashioned ideas and characters from far-away worlds into modern and contemporary settings’. The result is a collection of bold, stylised images, rendered exclusively in red and black gouache, that are absolutely bursting with character.  When asked about the minimalism of the images, Kreh told us that she likes to have people bring their own baggage to the drawings, which is why she prefers to imply rather than to state. Kreh completed most of these works during a residency at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, and is thrilled to be exhibiting for the first time in South Africa. Wolf Mother will be on at InToto Gallery until 12 December. 6 Birdhaven Centre 66 St Andrew Street, Birdhaven, Johannesburg, 011-447-6543,  intotogallery.co.za First pic, from left to right: Kreh's partner, Andrew, Kreh Mellick, gallery director Jacques Michau and curator Megan Kidd Text and images: Roberta Coci