Janet Botes

Janet Botes

Artist Statement

My work is primarily inspired by a reverence for plants, ecology and our integrated nature as part of the planet. This love is expressed in landscape art, and as depictions of objects and living creatures found in the landscape - sometimes representational, while other times abstract or conceptual. I enjoy working in a variety of different techniques, sizes and mediums - using different approaches to achieve textures, forms and compositions that expresses some part of essence of the natural landscape that I experience or find myself in.

A lot of my work and projects explores the landscape in its different forms and contexts – predominantly focusing on human interaction or relationship with it, with metamorphosis and a focus on us as an organism a dominant theme in my recent work. Journeys are also an underlying theme in my work, due to my own travels through landscapes (and thus my own personal relationship with the sites I visit), and this theme is evident in my Nuances series – a series of limited edition landscape prints, printed on Somerset Velvet or Hahnemuhle.

Some disciplines that I employ in my work include Land Art, Drawing, Mixed Media Painting, Photography, Assemblage, and Digital Art or New Media. The unpredictability of some materials are integral to my process - I work very intuitively, allowing an artwork to take shape as it needs to. 'Mistakes' are often reworked and transformed into something unplanned or unexpected. Nothing gets wasted. My art is seated in a deep belief that we need to live in harmony with our earth, creating sustainable systems and methods of living and creating - this includes taking responsibility for the waste created from the creation of my art.

“My art is grounded on the belief in one universal energy which runs though everything, from insect to man, from man to spectre, from spectre to plant, from plant to galaxy.” – Ana Mendieta, from an artist’s statement in the early 1980s

Biography

Attaining a BTech in Graphic Design from the Vaal University of Technology (cum laude) in 2006, Janet has been able to merge design, photography and fine art techniques in her work in pursuit of an individual or unique style. She has facilitated as well as attended several workshops as part of her work. Some of the workshops attended include an introductory workshop in Art Therapy, a concept development workshop by Kai Lossgott, and a Professional Arts Practice workshop presented by Art Source and Art Space Gallery.

Since 2007 she participated in workshops in concept development, art therapy, performance art and professional art practise. These workshops served further her knowledge and enrich her art practice, and since 2010 she has facilitated workshops in different settings and capacities to share her knowledge and help others delve into their own inherent creativity.

Since 2013 Janet has been involved with Site_Specific, a volunteer-run organisation that aims to develop and support site-specific and land art projects in South Africa. In August 2015 she travelled to South Korea as part of the Global Nomadic Art Project; and is currently assisting in the coordination of the South African leg of this international project, "Stories of Rain".

Janet's second solo exhibition 'ORGANISM' opened on 7 April 2016 in our gallery at 61 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town.



SOLO EXHIBITIONS 






  • 2016 | ORGANISM, StateoftheART GAllery, Cape Town


  • 2014 | WILD & STILL: expressions of the landscape, StateoftheART Gallery, Cape Town






RESIDENCIES



  • 2016 | OPENLab2016, as part of the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD), an initiative of the Vrystaat Arts Festival and University of the Free State. Included a weeklong residency at MAP (Modern Art Projects) in Richmond. 

  • 2015 | Global Nomadic Art Project Korea II. Presented by Yatoo-i, South Korea.

  • 2015 | Thupelo workshop, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa 

  • 2011 | Koekenaap regional artists workshop. Presented by Wesland Art Society and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Koekenaap, Matzikama District, South Africa


CORPORATE COLLECTIONS:

- Pricewaterhouse Coopers
- PPS Investments

- OPTIMA Training
- Heyns & Partners Inc

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:




  • 2016 | ORGANISM with OutoftheCUBE at Turbine Art Fair, 14-17 July 2016, Johannesburg.

  • 2015 | It’s in my Nature… Exhibition by Janet Botes & Jaco Coetzee. Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West 

  • 2015 | Remembrance of Nature: 30 Nature Artists in the World, Geumgang Nature Art Center, Gongju, S.Korea 

  • 2015 | The Snake Eagle Thinking Path Launch exhibition. Matjiesfontein, Karoo, South Africa 

  • 2014 | The industrial Karoo: FEAR & LOSS, curated by Katie Barnard du Toit. Oliewenhuis Art Museum,"The Reservoir", Bloemfontein. 

  • 2013 | Pieces & Puzzles: Compositions of human expression inspired by nature. Lovell Gallery, Woodstock

  • 2013 | Encounters Annual Wildlife exhibition at the Cape Gallery, Cape Town 

  • 2013 | Hiernamaals – Hereafter, Slee Gallery, Stellenbosch 

  • 2012 | Walk This Earth Alone, Gallery @ Grande Provence, Franschhoek, Western Cape. 

  • 2012 | HumanEarth III: First Material, US Gallery, University of Stellenbosch’s Woordfees,Western Cape 

  • 2011 | Scrapes & Scapes, Exhibition by Janet Botes & Mark Shaun Hopkins. Bodutu Gallery, Vanderbijlpark 

  • 2011 | HumanEarth: conversation, Wessel Snyman Creative, Cape Town. Curated by Nastasha Daniels 

  • 2010 | VAN-Guard Winelands Group Exhibition, Durbanville Hills, Western Cape. Curated and organized by VANSA.

  • 2009 | AVA members Exhibition, Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town 

  • 2009 | Sangisa Sangisa, exhibition & group performance, VANSA Spin Space, Cape Town 

  • 2008 | Unified: Unpretty, Unclean, Underneath, Unnatural. Eat Your Words Artspace, Vereeniging 



  • Frame 675: video still from ORGANISM - Print by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Frame 675: video still from ORGANISM
    Print, W:42 x H:30 cm
    $141
  • Frame 607: video still from ORGANISM - Print by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Frame 607: video still from ORGANISM
    Print, W:42 x H:30 cm
    $141
  • Frame 525: video still from ORGANISM  - Video Still by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Frame 525: video still from ORGANISM
    Video Still, W:42 x H:30 cm
    $141
  • Untangled - Drawing by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Untangled
    Drawing, W:42 x H:57 cm
    $172
  • Veld Plantium - Painting by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Veld Plantium
    Painting, W:20 x H:20 cm
    $104
  • Cape Flora II - Painting by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Cape Flora II
    Painting, W:18 x H:18 cm
    $69
  • Cape Flora I - Painting by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Cape Flora I
    Painting, W:18 x H:18 cm
    $69
  • Organism III - Limited Edition Print by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Organism III
    Limited Edition Print, W:25 x H:25 cm
    $145
  • Organism II - Limited Edition Print by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Organism II
    Limited Edition Print, W:25 x H:25 cm
    $145
  • Organism I - Limited Edition Print by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Organism I
    Limited Edition Print, W:25 x H:25 cm
    $145
  • Nuances: Silvermine Table Mountain - Extra Large Limited Edition Print by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Silvermine Table Mountain
    Extra Large Limited Edition Print, W:180 x H:76 cm
    $701
  • Nuances: Upington Rain Prayer - Limited Edition Print by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Upington Rain Prayer
    Limited Edition Print, W:104 x H:80 cm
    $479
  • Nuances: A Nuance Of The Mountain - Limited Edition Print by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Nuances: A Nuance Of The Mountain
    Limited Edition Print, W:104 x H:80 cm
    $479
  • Plantus Scrotius - New Media by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Plantus Scrotius
    New Media, W:20 x H:20 cm
    $104
  • Dream Vision Of The Shaman - Mixed Media by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Dream Vision Of The Shaman
    Mixed Media, W:36 x H:36 cm
    $118
  • Claw - Drawing by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Claw
    Drawing, W:20 x H:20 cm
    $104
  • A | Part - Drawing by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    A | Part
    Drawing, W:20 x H:20 cm
    $104
  • Amphibia - Mixed Media by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Amphibia
    Mixed Media, W:18 x H:20 cm
    $104
  • Cederberg Impressions: Klipbergreeks  - Printmaking by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Cederberg Impressions: Klipbergreeks
    Printmaking, W:120 x H:60 cm
    $429
  • In Memory IV - Mixed Media by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    In Memory IV
    Mixed Media, W:18 x H:18 cm
    $59
  • In Memory III - Mixed Media by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    In Memory III
    Mixed Media, W:18 x H:18 cm
    $59
  • Nuances: Stellenberg Helderberg - Printmaking by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Stellenberg Helderberg
    Printmaking, W:130 x H:60 cm
    $479
  • Nuances: Look Far Ahead - Printmaking by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Look Far Ahead
    Printmaking, W:62 x H:80 cm
    $351
  • Wild Cape Point Meander - Fine Art Editions by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Wild Cape Point Meander
    Fine Art Editions, W:150 x H:66 cm
    $701
  • Nuances: Forces Of The Soil - Printmaking by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Forces Of The Soil
    Printmaking, W:150 x H:100 cm
    $779
  • Cascade - Mixed Media by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Cascade
    Mixed Media, W:66 x H:90 cm
  • Cape Flora III - Painting by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Cape Flora III
    Painting, W:18 x H:18 cm
  • Wildness Contained - Drawing by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Wildness Contained
    Drawing, W:29 x H:42 cm
  • Soul Contents - Drawing by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Soul Contents
    Drawing, W:29 x H:42 cm
  • Of Beast And Bee - Drawing by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Of Beast And Bee
    Drawing, W:30 x H:40 cm
  • Our Legacy II - Painting by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Our Legacy II
    Painting, W:92 x H:64 cm
  • Home Of The Protea - Drawing by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Home Of The Protea
    Drawing, W:42 x H:30 cm
  • Protective - Sculpture by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Protective
    Sculpture, W:0 x H:0 cm
  • Johnny - Sculpture by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Johnny
    Sculpture, W:0 x H:0 cm
  • Universal - Painting by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Universal
    Painting, W:60 x H:60 cm
  • Rooted - Painting by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Rooted
    Painting, W:20 x H:20 cm
  • Avian - Drawing by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Avian
    Drawing, W:42 x H:30 cm
  • Nuances: Hantam Hartland - Printmaking by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Hantam Hartland
    Printmaking, W:120 x H:63 cm
  • It Also Rains On Dead Trees - Painting by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    It Also Rains On Dead Trees
    Painting, W:1 x H:1 cm
  • Kalahari Tree - Drawing by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Kalahari Tree
    Drawing, W:1 x H:1 cm
  • Where Earth Meets Ocean - Watercolour Painting by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Where Earth Meets Ocean
    Watercolour Painting, W:88 x H:76 cm
  • Xylocopa - Drawing by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Xylocopa
    Drawing, W:29 x H:40 cm
  • Nuances: In Every Drop Of Water .. - Printmaking by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: In Every Drop Of Water ..
    Printmaking, W:55 x H:80 cm
  • Poetry Of The Landscape - Painting by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Poetry Of The Landscape
    Painting, W:60 x H:26 cm
  • Nuances: Fly Home - Printmaking by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Fly Home
    Printmaking, W:80 x H:85 cm
  • Nuances: Landscaping Of The Ancients - Printmaking by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Landscaping Of The Ancients
    Printmaking, W:150 x H:29 cm
  • Thinking In Line With Myself - Mixed Media Painting by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Thinking In Line With Myself
    Mixed Media Painting, W:34 x H:63 cm
  • Odonata - Drawing by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Odonata
    Drawing, W:29 x H:40 cm
  • Breathe And Believe - Painting by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Breathe And Believe
    Painting, W:34 x H:67 cm
  • Nuances: George Sedgefield - Printmaking by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: George Sedgefield
    Printmaking, W:80 x H:80 cm
  • Nuances: Swellendam Marloth - Printmaking by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Swellendam Marloth
    Printmaking, W:65 x H:65 cm
  • Journey Deur Die Donker Landskap - Drawing by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Journey Deur Die Donker Landskap
    Drawing, W:90 x H:64 cm
  • Nuances: Koekenaap - Printmaking by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Koekenaap
    Printmaking, W:70 x H:60 cm
  • Nuances: In Die Vertes Van Gister - Limited edition print by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: In Die Vertes Van Gister
    Limited edition print, W:77 x H:42 cm
  • Nuances: Plains For View - Printmaking by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Plains For View
    Printmaking, W:70 x H:64 cm
  • Nuances: South Bound - Limited edition print by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: South Bound
    Limited edition print, W:70 x H:64 cm
  • Nuances: Bridging Over - Limited edition print by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Bridging Over
    Limited edition print, W:70 x H:64 cm
  • Nuances: Nuanced Land - Printmaking by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Nuanced Land
    Printmaking, W:65 x H:65 cm
  • Nuances: Sea Breeze - Limited Edition Print by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Sea Breeze
    Limited Edition Print, W:65 x H:65 cm
  • Nuances: Memory Of This - Limited edition print by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Memory Of This
    Limited edition print, W:65 x H:49 cm
  • Braaivleis vir Sondag - Painting by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Braaivleis vir Sondag
    Painting, W:60 x H:90 cm
  • Peinsend oor More - Drawing by Janet Botes
    JANET BOTES
    Peinsend oor More
    Drawing, W:0 x H:0 cm