The Home(lands) Exhibition
Exhibition at the Association of Arts in Cape Town, South Africa. Many of my depictions within the body of work dealt with trying to represent archetypes of human emotion and existence which is being experienced in a new manner in a post-modern, social media driven digital age.
The Home(lands) exhibition ran parallel with the Nando's Creative exchange in December 2019 through until January 2020. The body of work dealt with trying to represent archetypes of human emotion and existence which is being experienced in a new manner. A knowing that we as unique individuals make up us as a nation, the land and what we have come to know as home is celebrated by depicting realities of the Home(land) we share in.
Postmodern society has created a new sense of collective identity for us, a new version of the idea of a cultural melting pot introducing the element of choice. Within this, we have the opportunity to choose who we are and what aspects we will adopt into world views to pass on to the next generation. The delicate, intricately woven social fabric of a diverse society is something that I often try to express by incorporating motifs. My figures are often bedecked in cloth that embodies multiple aspects of identity. The silhouette often appears in my work: figures engaged in whimsical activities like making and flying kites express something of my optimism that the human spirit, our sense of belonging and our capacity for appreciating beauty can override the difficulties we face as a society.
My work deals with human presence and experience, as it is influenced by one’s geographical placement. The ripple effects of human action and interaction is a great part of my work as I seek to express moments of contact. I often consider the body as a bag for emotions which have been crafted through storytelling and developed through experiences.