The building of a culture is essentially about growth - the layering of traditions and narratives and the connections made. Many symbols, personal to me, are also relevant in the broader South African context. With land being a key issue in South Africa, our interaction with the environment, both natural and man-made, is complex and becomes increasingly more complicated as we exploit the natural world for our perceived well-being. My monotype prints are created using physical, mostly natural, specimens - much like the traditional Japanese gyotaku method. Each work/circle is composed of two halves, each stitched with an element from its opposite half, signifying our commonalities rather than our differences. The circles suggest the lens of a microscope, the greater world in which we live and the circle of life too. The woven structures connecting the two halves suggest the colourful melange of life and culture at our core, around which we have to find a balance. The root impression on each side reminds us not to forget our past. Each work has an impression of my family seal in wax and a thumbprint as part of my signature.
Native to the Cape, the transient and fragile Orbea Variegata seeds have been used in this monotype. Seeds, the meaning of my daughter’s name, represent new ideas, new beginnings, growth and courage and are a reminder of how far we’ve come as a nation. I inherited my love of flowers from my florist grandmother, so the immensely rich Fynbos kingdom often features in my work and symbolises both our indigenous environments and cultures, reminding us to pay attention to them. The woven structure connecting the two halves suggests the colourful melange of life and culture at our core, around which we have to find a balance, while the root impression on each side reminds us not to forget our past. This work has an impression of my family seal in wax and a thumbprint as part of my signature.