Born in 1988, I began my creative journey during my school years at Springfield in Cape Town where art was by far my favourite subject. I have many fond memories of experimenting with different mediums while gossiping and listening to the radio with the other girls. I then studied Graphic Design at the AAA School of Advertising and soon moved on to photography...It would seem I had a need to explore all creative areas. Noticing and absorbing the beauty around me has always affected me deeply, and I wanted to capture and share that somehow. Through photography I developed an eye for light and detail, which in 2014, when I finally dove into art full time, became invaluable tools. From the start I focused on charcoal and pastel as my main mediums, which helped me to understand light and values. More recently I've begun the journey to mastering oils, and it's been a big learning journey!
An event or period marking a turning point in a situation.
The oil painting series Watershed features the female form in mid air, suspended in beauty and grace. I was inspired to create this series after seeing leera artists perform on suspended hoops. The way they moved with effortless beauty could only be achieved by their unbelievable strength, both physical and mental. There must have been a turning point, a watershed, where they decided whether they could no longer endure, or carry on practicing, stretching, building their strength and pushing themselves. Often in life one encounters a watershed point which they must push past to achieve something of beauty.
In the paintings the hoop has been removed, further representing the feeling of dangling, being on a precipice, of having to make the decision to turn back or push on. When you find you've had to let go of your safety net is often when you discovery what you are truly capable of.
This series features African tribal people wearing items of pop culture, to open a dialog on two subjects.
The first one being the overstated value that we attach to popular brands, and the subsequent need we develop to own them. When viewed in an African context this obsession seems mad. Those who live off the land value things because of their authentic purpose - a scarf will keep you warm regardless of whether it represents a high end brand or not. Likewise, they express creativity by adorning themselves with the items from nature because they are beautiful, not because of how much they cost.
The items in the paintings may not stand out at first, which brings us to the second subject. This is a deliberate comment on the slow adoption of modern culture and technology as it creeps into every corner of the globe. What does this mean for the lives of those who embrace the change? Does it result in the loss of old traditions and a way of life?
Often times new technologies come with exposure to a global culture, which has its own pros and cons. For example in the case of smartphones, cameras, earphones and the internet there is opportunity for learning, growth, expression and connection... However there are also other tendencies which may arise, like the search for instant gratification, consumerism, and a shift in one's perspectives and way of being. Can those who have kept their traditional roots adopt modern conveniences without the attached society and culture? I don't know the answers, and I think that there is no right or wrong. But what matters is that we recognise and understand how these changes affect us, that we are aware of them. The question is - how might Africa make conscious choices about merging old culture, traditions and values with the new modern age successfully, to create the future that it desires?
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