After thirty years as a botanical artist in South Africa and Great Britain I have spent the last few years deliberately breaking away from the constraints of precise painting. It has been a time of experiment, of intellectual and technical challenge.
Expressing myself visually is an intense drive. The meeting of brush and canvas is a highly sensual act and is an affirmation of that self which responds intensely to form, colour and shape. I am also fascinated by the myriad complexities of our world, the juxtapositions and contradictions of life which at a times can seem so absurd. It is all these elements that keep me constantly rising to new challenges.
Crusts of Time and Place
‘’Work grows through the process of making’’ Jessica Stockholder. The idea for this body of work came indirectly, as so often happens, while working on another project. The molds were originally intended to be part of a mixed media work however the more I produced and assembled, the more I was reminded of the bleached colours of many of todays most famous coral reefs. Instead of being interdisciplinary this work became a conglomeration of separate elements. The uniform lack of colour creates a relationship between the forms while some of the components offer clues about the narrative.
With reference to my past in Apartheid South Africa and maintaining the same train of thought about bygone life and systems, this work includes some different elements. In particular the old coinage with the inscription ‘Suid Afrika 1652 – 1952’ and the profile of HM George VI of England, the zip imprints (symbolizing the endless efforts of an illegitimate system that tried to silence majority opinion) and the fossil-like imprints (cornerstones of an era which still ‘live’ with us today).