Candice Kramer works on cold-rolled steel: indestructible sheets ordinarily used in the construction industry. With a combination of varnish and water, she makes certain areas rust in different levels of erosion. Kramer paints other areas in smooth and liquid realism, lending a lacquered finish to the surface. In this process, the contrast of rusted and painted surface is a lens on the relationship between degeneration and regeneration. The compositions reference historical images of peopled city streets and industria of the early 20th century in Johannesburg. While the diminutive figuration in shades of emerald and mint green evoke a certain nostalgia, the deep orange burns of the rust paradoxically conjure the people and cityscapes as animated, complex, and vividly present to the current moment. Against the background of mechanical reproduction, the work poses a subtle conception of hope in the resilience of humanity. As the artist asks, ‘If all materiality is transient and turns to dust, what is transcendent through the generations?’ Born in Johannesburg, Candice Kramer holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has had two solo shows and participated in a number of group shows. Her work has been included in both private and corporate collections She is a mother of three and works full time as an artist and curator. She is currently part of the Assemblage studio space and artist community.