Artist Description

My current practice is informed by my experiences growing up within the white suburbs of South Africa (specifically Cape Town and Johannesburg). It is a study on the absurdity of whiteness within a South Africa that is beginning to seriously grapple with racial politics and decolonisation in a post-rainbow-nation era. White suburbia is science-plan dog food and deck chairs. It is neatly trimmed hedges in the shape of your disappointed parents. There is a falsehood present in the controlled environment of suburbia that I attempt to communicate through my use of glossy plastic (Perspex) as a canvas.

The suburban individual is constructed through the accumulation of personal micro-narratives – a first pet, the growing bond with a sibling, an Easter egg hunt or a favourite cereal – this intense focus on the individual fosters a willful ignorance of wider social contexts. Political events become polite dinner conversation rather than a lived reality. The self becomes dissociated from any space larger than the backyard or private school classroom. White suburban culture is shallow and surreal, it is a puzzling space I am attempting to explore and expose.

I bought Johnny the biggest most expensive ice cream for his birthday. It was definitely bigger than all the other boys in his class had for their birthdays. Suburban culture endorses shallow birthday-party-competition between neighbours.

Is There Anything More Beautiful Than Afternoon?

Oil Painting by Natasha Brown
Materials used
oil on Perspex, in natural wood frame
Size
W:84cm x H:44cm x D:3cm (framed dimensions)
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  • Artist Description
    • Artist Description

      My current practice is informed by my experiences growing up within the white suburbs of South Africa (specifically Cape Town and Johannesburg). It is a study on the absurdity of whiteness within a South Africa that is beginning to seriously grapple with racial politics and decolonisation in a post-rainbow-nation era. White suburbia is science-plan dog food and deck chairs. It is neatly trimmed hedges in the shape of your disappointed parents. There is a falsehood present in the controlled environment of suburbia that I attempt to communicate through my use of glossy plastic (Perspex) as a canvas.

      The suburban individual is constructed through the accumulation of personal micro-narratives – a first pet, the growing bond with a sibling, an Easter egg hunt or a favourite cereal – this intense focus on the individual fosters a willful ignorance of wider social contexts. Political events become polite dinner conversation rather than a lived reality. The self becomes dissociated from any space larger than the backyard or private school classroom. White suburban culture is shallow and surreal, it is a puzzling space I am attempting to explore and expose.

      I bought Johnny the biggest most expensive ice cream for his birthday. It was definitely bigger than all the other boys in his class had for their birthdays. Suburban culture endorses shallow birthday-party-competition between neighbours.

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