A process of deconstruction and reconstruction of my practice developed over the year and is supported by contextual research and deep contemplation of the past through my specific white entitled experience. South Africa’s post-apartheid gated community sets a fabricated scene, and a sense of guilt underpins a complex relationship with a country that is both tantalising and yet too dangerous for me to live in. Collage became a way of rearranging and editing memory. Part-metaphorical for processing memory, using text as image or archive press photographs to refer to politics, I considered how the weight of memory might translate as a floor bound art object or be suspended as a vanishing trace. Most recently the combination of silkscreen printing with painting creates a sense of the voyeur in a moment glimpsing poolside environments of the gated community. Politics is implicit in questions like, who has access to this place, who is watching, the proximity of crime over the wall. The ‘poetics of paint’ has been a guiding phrase in every stage of this process, working on a variety of surfaces and in different mediums to adapt the outcome.
White Guilt, (2018) oil on canvas, 102 x 166 cmMy Mother’s Privilege 1950’s, (2018) acrylic on board, 14 x 14 cmStolen 1960’s, (2018) acrylic on board, 14 x 14 cmSmall works on 18 mm board, acrylic, 14 x 14 cmSteve Biko, (2018) acrylic on paper, 51 x 41cmSihle Shabalala, ex-gangster, (2018) acrylic and Tippex on cardboard, 26 x 35 cmVicarious Witness, Soweto Riots 1976, (2018) oil on linen, 130 x 180 cmChildren of Paradise, Canoe, (2019) acrylic on chalk ground, 24 x 24 x 6 cm, shortlisted for Bloomberg New ContemporariesChildren of Paradise, Birthday Party, (2019) acrylic on chalk ground, 14 x 14 x 6 cm, shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries Politics Disrupts Utopia 1 (2019) oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 80 x 80 cm Photograph: Juhan Kuus, Riot policemen drag man they shot away from township crowd, 1976Politics and Memory (2019) 1.5 x 2.5m mixed mediaPool Chair (2019) Detail, 1.5 x 2.5m, mixed media on Fabriano paperEden Overblown, Gated Community, (2019) acrylic, glitter, collage on canvas, 103 x 103 cm Agave on the beach, (2019) Acrylic on board 25 x 25cm One Settler. One Bullet. (2019) Acrylic on photographic digital print by Juhan Kuus, White border farmers in the Northern Transvaal, 1985Milk and Honey, (2019) acrylic, oil stick, oil pastel, collage on canvas, 180 x 200 cm Lounger, Sketch, (2019) Oil on paper, 40 x 50 cm Lounger, Gated Community, Sketch, (2019) Oil on Fabriano oil paper 35 x 45 cm Gated Community 1, Higgo Crescent, Cape Town, (2019) Oil and acrylic on primed polyester, 170 x 203cm Gated Community II, Clifton, Cape Town, (2019) Acrylic, litho crayon and screen print on primed polyester 170 x 203cm