Yesteryear's charm gives the current days perspective
Subtle messages from the untamed
Connection and experience
Exploration of interconnectedness
A place known as home
Old worldly is a new body of work in progress, and the featured work is the first. The series explores archived memories of photographed moments captured in time from an era that almost feels to be a part of another world. The dated imagery is set back within the layers and converses with the 'new' image created of digital motif layers. The digital world merges to meet our experiences in the physical realm in our current day and age, often experienced in uncanny ways. In this works' context, the term old worldly stands for its nostalgia, admiration and characteristics or reminiscence of the charms of the old world. When consumerism wasn't an issue, every penny turned twice, resources were preserved, and life just seemed simpler.
Selective moments captured in yesteryear by the middle-class family were seen as expensive and usually had particular significance, for instance, a holiday or special family occasion. In the world of technology in which we reside, there is a loss in that single moment, as though the mass of digitally capturing, retaking and deleting moments has given the moment of capture less value. The body of work intends to instil mindfulness in that experience is a fleeting moment, that certain traits of the old world should keep the balance and checks of the present and future in check. The old world is there to remind us to live a present life.
DEAR UNNATURAL WORLD
There exists a subtlety in the natural world within interconnection, frequencies, vibration, light spectrums and communications which the human species understands so very little of. The impulse living in which many of us exist has shifted so far from that of survival and instincts. In becoming more mindful of experiences, our senses and our purpose, the body of work titled 'Dear Unnatural World' developed in the hopes of sparking broader conversations and awareness around the unnatural footprints we leave behind as a global community. More specifically, the work delves into consumer-driven agenda and the implications thereof, particularly within the textile industry.
IN NATURE WE TRUST
In Nature we Trust aims to bring mindfulness towards the way we experience nature within a 'digital sensorium' and how the postmodern lifestyle has in many ways disconnected the human experience and our integral connection within nature. The work explores the lens of experience and seeks to instil a link, appreciation for preservation and understanding that each and everyone on this planet is a part of the ricochet effect within the global community. Furthermore, the work seeks to encourage dialogue in raising concerns of our responsibility as postmodern consumerists. We live in a world in which we so desperately need to learn to tread lightly by considering the trails we leave behind.
COLOUR ME THIS
The Colour series evolved from process work of etchings and ink drawings that later developed into digitally manipulated art. The research set out to gain insights into the personal experience and collective emotional connections, responses and reactions to colour. I started investigating the meaning of colour associated, instilled and experienced within various philosophical, scientific, religious and cultural interpretations. The body of work was built out of select colours, which were predominant across the board. The work brings awareness towards a celebration of diversity and, at the same time, likeness in the essence of the shared experience. The connotations and reactions colour provides within the archetypal human experience evokes emotional responses.
The series titled ZA explores being South African in fleeting moments of exchange and interactions in an attempt to capture collective moments of shared familiarity, experience and happenings within the socio-political landscape. As an artist, I often gain inspiration and mindfulness through observing society from a distance. A culmination of collective occurrences, observations and momentary encounters interconnect to flashbacks of memory and provide me with a way to engage with the world by interpreting each impression that sits with me indefinitely. These moments ricochet and feed into one another in time and deal with socio-political and environmental commentary.
The Home(lands) exhibition took place at the Association for Visual Arts in Cape Town, South Africa. The body of work explored the ongoing themes in my work which queries preconceived worldviews and the ricochet impacts of the butterfly effect of our thoughts and actions within society and on the earth. Select work from the exhibition showcased at the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair thereafter. In this body of work, I sought to highlight the celebration of optimism within society. Impressions of strong-willed individuals and uniqueness flooded my mind whilst contemplating what it is to feel you are a part of a community. Home(lands) was interpreted as a positive idea of home where a wealth of richness in shared experience within diversity is celebrated in post-modern society.