Artist Description

This sculpture comprises two pieces

Artist Notes:
This work aligns to the competition theme (On the Brink: Visualizing Climate Change), as it is the product of an innovative and earth-focused creative process described above as sand casting, negative imprints are created in sand, clay as a recording tool captures the imprints into positive formations, when fired at high temperatures, these imprints and formations could last up to 30 000 years.

Human beings have been leaving their imprints on the earths surface for thousands of years, from the temple ruins like Gobelki Tepe in Turkey (12 000 years old), Adams Calendar in Waterval Boven Mpumalanga (75 000 old) or the gigantic Nasca Lines of Peru, South America (2000 years old), whether for creativity, spirituality or architectural purposes, in more ways than one this translates to the human impact on the environment.

The process of sandcasting itself makes the majority of the artwork with little intervention from the artist. Therefore the finished piece is an emblem of innovative artistic studio practice that responds to the needs of our current natural environment right at the mercy of our anthropogenic influence whilst simultaneously visualizing the potential future of a dying "post-biotic" natural world.

Nidoviral 25 (diptych)

Sand-Cast Ceramic by Sylvester Zanoxolo Mqeku
Materials used
mixed media of red iron oxide, ceramic stains & gold glaze on sand cast terracotta clay
Size
W:21cm X H:15cm X D:10cm
Year
2021
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R12 000 
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  • Artist Description
    • Artist Description

      This sculpture comprises two pieces

      Artist Notes:
      This work aligns to the competition theme (On the Brink: Visualizing Climate Change), as it is the product of an innovative and earth-focused creative process described above as sand casting, negative imprints are created in sand, clay as a recording tool captures the imprints into positive formations, when fired at high temperatures, these imprints and formations could last up to 30 000 years.

      Human beings have been leaving their imprints on the earths surface for thousands of years, from the temple ruins like Gobelki Tepe in Turkey (12 000 years old), Adams Calendar in Waterval Boven Mpumalanga (75 000 old) or the gigantic Nasca Lines of Peru, South America (2000 years old), whether for creativity, spirituality or architectural purposes, in more ways than one this translates to the human impact on the environment.

      The process of sandcasting itself makes the majority of the artwork with little intervention from the artist. Therefore the finished piece is an emblem of innovative artistic studio practice that responds to the needs of our current natural environment right at the mercy of our anthropogenic influence whilst simultaneously visualizing the potential future of a dying "post-biotic" natural world.

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