Biologist David George Haskell writes..
‘We are all – trees, humans, insects,birds,bacteria – pluralities. Life is embodied network. These living networks are not places of omnibenevolent oneness. Instead they are where ecological and evolutionary tensions between cooperation and conflict are negotiated and resolved.’
#2 Degree Celcius is an Etching Edition, that I produced at the Crown Point Press summer workshop in San Francisco, in 2019, and published and printed in my studio in Johannesburg in 2020. This Edition is part of my new body of work ‘A different kind of fire‘ I am currently busy working on. The print exhibited at the 1.5 Degree International Global Exhibition, hosted by the GroupGlobal3000 – Gallery for sustainable Art, in Berlin, which can be viewed online.
The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus provides the most famous image of process metaphysics.
‘It is not possible, he says, ‘to step twice into the same river’
Process philosophy invites us to look at longer stretches of time, blurred boundaries and connected relations.
My art practice, is rooted in my interest in existential philosophical and sociological/ political/ ecological – climate challenges & suggestions, but not limited to themes around:’the self’ ‘consciousness’, and currently, ‘collective consciousness’.
My new work, is influenced by the scientific research and observations, that strongly indicate that we are living in the ‘Anthropocene‘ age, where human activity dominates and tries to control nature, losing sight as field Ecologist Dr Stephen Woodley suggests…’We are part of nature and we do not exist without it..if Biodiversity disappears, so do people’
My approach is based largely on drawing from self-experience, supported by secondary research, and from a conceptual and experimental process of enquiry.
My style is expressive, mostly figurative, recently leaning towards partial abstraction. I see myself as an expressive painter, in so far, as distorting form for expressive effect, using painterly brush strokes and using colour, as a means of representing emotional experience. All other mediums, (other than a painting) ,that I choose to experiment with, I approach from a painterly perspective.
'A different kind of fire' - New work to be exhibited
All artworks created stand independently, but also each form an integral part of the whole body of work, that flows from one into the other.
Installation: ‘Hanging in the balance’