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Im exploring the Selfportriat as vehicle for entering the unconscious so as to find the Images/themes, that drive the unconscious. Of particular importance to me since recently falling the victim to a robbery which left me unconscious on a street in South Africa.  See my blogpost at:

To my delight, one of my expirements, made a week after the assault, while "living the incident through dance" as advised by Dr Dawn Garisch's insightful book, Eloquent Body, was selected by the Artslant Showcase Team July 2012, as a Winner. Was the assault one of the Difficult Gifts, Dr Garisch refers to in one of her poems called Difficult Gifts?

Posted by bettie coetzee-Lambrecht on 7/16/12

Urban Issues

Interacting with city surfaces through reflections and/or through ruffling smooth appearances to see what lies below the obvious is an ongoing interest. 

My 'interaction' consist of  'scrambling', so to speak,  the confident lines of bricks, or street signs, or by interfering with the colours and textures of fragments from public wall paintings and graffiti.  Buildings reflected in pavement puddles therefore get entangled with inconsistent and erratic curves of organic matter like trees.  Plant and mortar exist in harmony, ironically through the distortions caused by water. Water, moved by wind acts as the ultimate shaper. The paradox of  creation and destruction by natural forces (erosion) and human interaction (abandonment of buildings once built, then left unattended) intrigues me. So does the inventive re-usage of public sites and the combination of industrial conveniences like electrical lines, telephone poles with buildings from a pre-industrial period.

I often reflect upn how reflected images succeed in breaking through the surety of rectangular shapes, and at once reveal the more imaginary aspect of being in a city. In the everyday view of things city dwellers walk over hard city surfaces, hurriedly from one office to another in the business heart of a city. In Cape Town where I live, for instance buildings associated with heartless greedyness, like  banks and insurance-, finance-, and huge oil company-buildings become the source for poetic meditation. 
The humble pavement puddle after rain, exert its power to disturb this proud strutting of control and material self assuredness. In the cracks of textured bricks, and the depth of the sky sinking deep under one's feet the camera lens allow me to dive into and float in a deep sea of imagination.
This is what the series, Deconstructing the City-series Number 1-4 deals with. #4 Has received the honour of being an Artslant Showcase Winner. Thank you, Team!
Posted by bettie coetzee-Lambrecht on 12/13/11 | tags: REFLECTION urban BRICKS trees street art graffiti industrial digital abstract surrealism landscape photography irony conceptual paradoxes architecture decay pre-industrial graffiti/street-art

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