I recently had the great pleasure of working with the artist Rowland Daniel. This incredibly humble sculptor has been working on his art part time for over 20 years and only recently took it up full time. I was lucky enough to work with him on his very first solo-exhibition in the NWU Botanical Garden and Gallery. I found his works to be honest and straight forward while the recycled materials remind us of our duty to encourage green living and green art making!
I worked on this exhibition at the end of last year. The works speak of natural resources and, of course, water specifically. Wildenboer is a gifted artist with fresh interpretations on a subject we tend to forget. Her incorporation of The Odyssey by Homer is both smart and lends to the exhibit a sense of romanticism. Enjoy the shots!
Goodman artist Gerhard Marx was invited to be festival artist at the 2014 Clover Aardklop and I had the pleasure of working with him and photographing his work. The Garden at Night is a show about nature, about humanity, and about how those two things connect with one another. The intense dedication to detail and perfection is this artist’s greatest attribute while also working with very unique media.
There is a lot to say about these works, lots to discuss, but what it comes down to is that one must experience these works, the same as with any other installation piece. Mary Sibande’s alter ego “Sophie” who used to depict the fears, hopes, dreams, and desires of three generations of black women in her family, who were all employed as domestic workers, now takes a new turn.
Mary, having first dreamt about becoming a fashion designer, chose to use textile as her preferred medium and makes beautiful dresses that hybridises Victorian dress with that of the worker’s uniform, creating an intense contrasting motif which draws your attention to colonialism and issues of race, projections and perceptions, in South Africa.
With the new colour purple taking over from the previous blue, Mary steps into a new era in her work which no longer focuses on the oppressed women of the past but the transformed women of today. Mary is starting a conversation about herself, her own transformation as a modern black woman in South Africa.
Artist Ann-Marie Tully uses a visual and interactive narrative to speak about the serious issue of humankind’s treatment and views of our animal counterparts. Her work is at the same time very humorous while being serious when asking you the question of “now that you know, what do you propose to do?” The awareness that these works evoke from the onlooker changes your views on animals forever.