Acid free archival print by Master printer in Limited edition of 5
17 x 24 inches
© ©bettie coetzee lambrecht
Part of my series investigating the self portrait as medium for exploration more general theme of the contradiction between power and powerlessness, action and passivity, choice and surrender to powers outside one's control. I chose the space in the new, still unfurnished Museum for African Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. The energy suggested by the sweeping lines upward, of the gallery as opposed to my passively dangling down arms and gaze. I chose the angle and checked regularly on the viewfinder of friend, Le Theron's camera to ensure the composition and expression is as I imagine to depict the theme of the puppet on a string. The irony of me being the choreographer director of action so to speak, and simultaneously the passive object was meant. The paradoxical and absurd relationship between having and losing control is what this study is about.