Fish out of water
"A range of fish-themed artwork by artists from around South Africa will be exhibited at the Everard Read gallery from 10 – 12 May 2018, in the name of “The Fish out of Water” project."
I made my fish using "single use plastic" knives, forks and spoons. This kind of plastic is everywhere; inside everything and everyone including the human body, causing death and disease. Its understood that single use plastics are destroying the oceans and all that live in it. As long as the ocean is seen as an endlessly renewable resource, a free for all space, a vast wild space filled with wild creatures viewed as fair game, the ocean and all in it will ultimately simply be consumed.
In (color) Theory
A thought experiment: What if you combined color theories?
I was curious to see what it would look like if you could see colors in the body associated with chakras, emotions and facial expressions and how they would correlate. Do they correlate? Imagine if this is what we could see in each other? Would it be easier to understand each other?
Wouldn't it be more accurate to define each other with a wider range of color descriptions beyond black, white and the blends of the two? And how very inaccurate that is anyway, if people were black or white, then surely the two combined would be grey? Strange that when we refer to a combination of black and white in people, we called them colored. Imagine how unpleasant it would be if we referred to them as grey?
And imagine if we turned blue when feeling sad. Funny that we do say that: "feeling blue" but never say "feeling red" or yellow, orange, green or purple.
In my Mannequin, I have combined the three theories, I think its a fun result.
The Cecilia Project
I think most artists, at some point or another, are compelled to make work stemming from the question: who am I, where do I come from and where do I belong?
Imagining Cecilia. Many Southern Africans can trace themselves to a common starting point in the bodies of Hercules Des Pres and Cecilia Datis. Arriving together with six children in the cape in 1688 escaping the religious prosecution faced by Huguenots (of protestant faith) . What is harder to do is to go further back from there! Its these 326 years since that make us African; meeting and clashing with other tribes migrating south as ours moved north later during the great trek. I'm curious about Cecilia and the women who came after her. The women that made me.
The Cecilia Project is by no means done; in fact its hardly begun! I see this as a long term project that I can to continue with once I can do the research needed. Meanwhile, both of these paintings have been sold.
Stumbling across the Humans of New York project struck many chords for me, I collect photographs already as part of my work practice. It made sense to start a local Humans page for Gaborone, Botswana. The page enjoys a strong following of local youths between ages 18 to 24.
Eventually, due to interest from other people watchers, I have added several other contributors, their images giving the page multiple points of view.
Visit the page here.