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 basket print is symbolic of being held and nurtured but is also a craft practiced throughout the country with very feminine connotations from both the making and nurturing perspectives. In a similar way, the print of the woven gauze has a traditionally feminine nursing and nurturing significance and alludes to the fact that there is much healing to be done in our society. In some way or another, the art of weaving has featured in my life since I was a child.
As with the other work, 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.