René Tosari is artistically inspired by Sorrel
At Readytex Art Gallery the new year brings with it new possibilities and new challenges, and of course also a new series of Thursday-night-features to look forward to! Eager to kick things off for us in 2017 is Surinamese visual artist René Tosari. On January 5th, the first Thursday of the year, Tosari presents a new collection of artworks inspired by an interesting, somewhat unexpected theme. His new artwork has everything to do with a specific plant that the artist is currently fascinated with: Sjoeroe or Sorrel as the plant is called in the Caribbean.
Over a year ago René Tosari became interested in the fruit of the Sorrel plant through a friend who is originally from Trinidad, David Michael. When the artist discovers that it is a very sturdy plant that multiplies easily and rapidly, and from which delicious and healthy tea or juice can be made, ideas start brewing in his artistic brain. David’s stories about the use of Sorrel in traditional Caribbean culture as well as Tosari’s own childhood memories about the use of Sorrel in Suriname strengthen his interest. The engagement shown in the earlier work of Tosari, especially in the 80’s with regards to socio-political and also agricultural subjects, seems to resurface as a result of his interest in Sorrel.
The artist currently has plenty of Sorrel plants growing in his garden and his home is always well stocked with Sorrel tea. He eagerly hands out plants and fruit and his fascination with the plant has inevitably grown into a new art project. He has entered into a new phase in his art. In some of his new works the inspiration can be read from the canvas literally, but there are also a number of interesting abstract pieces in which the link with Sorrel is not so obviously present.
Why and how Tosari became so interested in Sorrel and how it has influenced his art, will be explained by the artist at the TNF on Thursday January 5th. He will be assisted in his presentation by David Michael who will briefly talk about the history and the use of Sorrel in the Caribbean.
Everybody is welcome to attend René Tosari’s TNF presentation at Readytex Art Gallery on Thursday November 5th from 7:00 until 9:00 pm. The presentation starts at 7:30 pm.