• 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 work in a variety of different techniques, mediums and approaches, which include Land Art, Drawing, Mixed Media, Watercolours, Photography, and Assemblage.

        A lot of my previous work and projects explored 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.

        Through exploring and supporting nature conservation and awareness about environmental issues in my work or professional life for the past few years, I have come to believe that the core of our problems is not the system itself. It is not society, the government or our cities. The core of the problem is the individuals that make up our society and build the inefficient and destructive systems, and individuals who see themselves as disconnected beings, as separate from “nature”, rather than a thread in the web of life. I believe that through personal healing, we can build and support a life of harmony and respect for our planet, plant kingdom, animals and each other. I love things that symbolise, express or honour the rhythms, seasons and cycles of nature. I believe that energy connects us within space and time to each other, the planet and everything in, on and around it. I believe art can facilitate healing, strengthen these energy connections and inspire the expression of the creativity inherent in everyone.
    • Biography
      • B.Tech Graphic Design (Vaal University Of Technology)

        Janet Botes was born in Vanderbijlpark, and lived in three of South Africa's biggest cities. Her art and projects often involve a nomadic lifestyle and traveling, but her home and studio is now in Wilderness on the Garden Route. She has participated and contributed to several projects, organisations and workshops. 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, and in 2015 participated in the Global Nomadic Art Project in South Korea, and in 2016 assisted with 'Stories of Rain' in South Africa as part of the same project.

        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
        Stream of Consciousness. Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West (2017).     /     Remembrance of Nature: 30 Nature Artists in the World, Geumgang Nature Art Center, Gongju, South Korea (2015)     /     The industrial Karoo: FEAR & LOSS, curated by Katie Barnard du Toit. Oliewenhuis Art Museum,"The Reservoir", Bloemfontein. (2014)    /    Pieces & Puzzles: Compositions of human expression inspired by nature. Lovell Gallery, Woodstock. Curated by Stephanie Schoeman. (2013)      /     Hiernamaals – Hereafter, Slee Gallery, Stellenbosch (2013)      /      Walk This Earth Alone, Gallery @ Grande Provence, Franschhoek, Western Cape. (2012)     /     HumanEarth III: First Material, US Gallery, University of Stellenbosch’s Woordfees,Western Cape. Curated by Nastasha Daniels (2012)      /      Scrapes & Scapes, Exhibition by Janet Botes & Mark Shaun Hopkins. Bodutu Gallery, Vanderbijlpark (2011)     /     VAN-Guard Winelands Group Exhibition, Durbanville Hills, Western Cape. Curated and organized by VANSA/Visual Arts Network of South Africa. (2010)     /    Unified: Unpretty, Unclean, Underneath, Unnatural. Eat Your Words Artspace, Vereeniging, Gauteng (2008)
    • Interview
      • Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any, the significance of this location has?
        I love working in the landscape, whether I'm drawing/painting my immediate surroundings or working with the actual materials and objects in the landscape. There is a sense of closeness, reality and also peace when working outdoors. That closeness to the land, and involvement in the process, often extends to my work in the studio.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        Being an artist for the Global Nomadic Art Project: South Korea II, where we traveled through the South Korean landscape for 3 weeks creating land art before finally creating an artwork inspired by the experience(s).

        Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        Moth Girl a.k.a. Yasmin Ezzideen's work really resonates with me.

        Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

        I have to choose two. Ana Mendieta for her brave, raw and connected work that responds to body and Earth. Joseph Buyes for his ground-breaking avant garde work which relied on interaction and public participation. I specifically admire him for his Thousand Oaks project.

        Which living artists do you most admire and why?
        Strijdom van der Merwe, Richard Long and Andy Goldworthy for their Land Art.  Simon Bannister for his incredible animal sculptures, and also his previous work with waste plastics. Ian Marley and Diane Victors's drawings inspire me to draw better. Lien Botha's ability to juxtapose and create beautiful poetic combinations.

        If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
        One of Stephanie Schoeman's hanging rock installations. Specifically the Namibia Moonscape one that was exhibited at Grande Provence in Franschhoek in 2012.

        What are some of the key themes you explore in your work?

        Creating art that honour the sacred in life, in highlighting the beauty & complexity of nature & life while minimizing my ecological footprint. Exploring ways of connecting more deeply to our true nature within the web of life – as a fellow species to others, reliant on the cycles of the Earth, and responsible for conserving biodiversity and assisting the inherent regeneration of our ecosystems. My work is inspired by natural cycles (including the seasons, moon, tides and metamorphosis), biodiversity and ecosystems, but also spirituality and everyday life and moments. Also the flux of life, and the timelessless found within mountains and the ocean - making us realise that our lives are NOTHING when considering geological timescales.

        Tell us more about your creative process.
        My creative practice is very intuitive and sporadic - actually cyclical. I have periods of great creativity and productivity, each followed by introspective times that I don't produce much work.  My work often flows from one medium/tool/activity to the next - as example: within one day I might create land art in the garden, which inspires a watercolour painting, after which I use an empty paint tube as the start for an assemblage piece, before starting to research an idea that surfaced while I was working.

        What drives you as an artist?

        My passion for ecology coupled with my creative talent is my biggest gift and my most important way to contribute to society, Mother Earth and everything inbetween. I use my impulse to create to share my experiences and perspectives in ways that I hope to be enriching and inspiring. I am also passionate in the potential in everyone, and use art as a tool to encourage personal development - specifically through facilitating workshops.

        Do you have a favourite or most meaningful work?
        My land art documentation of the timeless tides - entitled 'Human Nature Time' - is my favourite and most meaningful at the moment, and I still want to express these as paintings sometime soon.

        What are your aspirations for the future?
        I want to develop ways in which my art can contribute towards regrowth and reconnection. One of these ways is selling tree prints that will fund reforestation projects. Another way is to create art that sparks something for the viewer that plants the seed for change or growth. And yet another way is to do land art or urban interventions that offers a different perspective on something 'everyday'.
    • Video
  • Nuances: Karoo Natal - Fine Art Editions by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Karoo Natal
    Fine Art Editions / 140 x 45 cm
    $680
  • Nuances: A Nuance Of The Mountain - Fine Art Editions by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Nuances: A Nuance Of The Mountain
    Fine Art Editions / 104 x 80 cm
    $610
  • My Mountains ed. 2/5 - Fine Art Editions by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    My Mountains ed. 2/5
    Fine Art Editions / 120 x 25 cm
    $500
  • Growing Wildly (triptych) - Painting by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Growing Wildly (triptych)
    Painting / 110 x 76 cm
    $500
  • Nuances: George South Coast - Fine Art Editions by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Nuances: George South Coast
    Fine Art Editions / 95 x 45 cm
    $560
  • Milnerton Groenrivier - Fine Art Editions by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Milnerton Groenrivier
    Fine Art Editions / 76 x 76 cm
    $610
  • Nuances: Riebeek Farmlands - Fine Art Editions by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Riebeek Farmlands
    Fine Art Editions / 130 x 55 cm
    $650
  • Organism III - Digital Art by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Organism III
    Digital Art / 25 x 25 cm
    $220
  • Organism II - Digital Art by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Organism II
    Digital Art / 25 x 25 cm
    $220
  • Organism I - Digital Art by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Organism I
    Digital Art / 25 x 25 cm
    $220
  • Nuances: Silvermine Table Mountain - Fine Art Editions by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Silvermine Table Mountain
    Fine Art Editions / 180 x 76 cm
    $860
  • Nuances: Upington Rain Prayer - Fine Art Editions by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Nuances: Upington Rain Prayer
    Fine Art Editions / 104 x 80 cm
    $540
  • Cederberg Impressions: Klipbergreeks  - Fine Art Editions by Janet Botes JANET BOTES
    Cederberg Impressions: Klipbergreeks
    Fine Art Editions / 120 x 60 cm
    $650
  • Nuances: Forces Of The Soil - Fine Art Editions by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: Forces Of The Soil
    Fine Art Editions / 150 x 100 cm
  • In Elke Oomblik Is Waarheid - Mixed Media by Janet Botes
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    In Elke Oomblik Is Waarheid
    Mixed Media / 57 x 45 cm
  • Nuances: Stellenberg Helderberg - Fine Art Editions by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: Stellenberg Helderberg
    Fine Art Editions / 130 x 60 cm
  • Transformed Landscape/Innerscape - Mixed Media by Janet Botes
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    Transformed Landscape/Innerscape
    Mixed Media / 65 x 65 cm
  • Cascade - Mixed Media by Janet Botes
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    Cascade
    Mixed Media / 66 x 90 cm
  • Cape Flora III - Painting by Janet Botes
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    Cape Flora III
    Painting / 18 x 18 cm
  • Cape Flora II - Painting by Janet Botes
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    Cape Flora II
    Painting / 18 x 18 cm
  • Cape Flora I - Painting by Janet Botes
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    Cape Flora I
    Painting / 18 x 18 cm
  • Wildness Contained - Drawing by Janet Botes
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    Wildness Contained
    Drawing / 29 x 42 cm
  • Soul Contents - Drawing by Janet Botes
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    Soul Contents
    Drawing / 29 x 42 cm
  • Of Beast And Bee - Drawing by Janet Botes
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    Of Beast And Bee
    Drawing / 30 x 40 cm
  • Our Legacy II - Painting by Janet Botes
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    Our Legacy II
    Painting / 92 x 64 cm
  • Home Of The Protea - Drawing by Janet Botes
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    Home Of The Protea
    Drawing / 42 x 30 cm
  • Protective - Sculpture by Janet Botes
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    Protective
    Sculpture / 0 x 0 cm
  • Johnny - Sculpture by Janet Botes
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    Johnny
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  • Universal - Painting by Janet Botes
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    Universal
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
  • Rooted - Painting by Janet Botes
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    Rooted
    Painting / 20 x 20 cm
  • Avian - Drawing by Janet Botes
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    Avian
    Drawing / 42 x 30 cm
  • Nuances: Hantam Hartland - Printmaking by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: Hantam Hartland
    Printmaking / 120 x 63 cm
  • It Also Rains On Dead Trees - Painting by Janet Botes
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    It Also Rains On Dead Trees
    Painting / 1 x 1 cm
  • Kalahari Tree - Drawing by Janet Botes
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    Kalahari Tree
    Drawing / 1 x 1 cm
  • Where Earth Meets Ocean - Watercolour Painting by Janet Botes
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    Where Earth Meets Ocean
    Watercolour Painting / 88 x 76 cm
  • Xylocopa - Drawing by Janet Botes
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    Xylocopa
    Drawing / 29 x 40 cm
  • Nuances: Look Far Ahead - Fine Art Editions by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: Look Far Ahead
    Fine Art Editions / 62 x 80 cm
  • Nuances: In Every Drop Of Water .. - Printmaking by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: In Every Drop Of Water ..
    Printmaking / 55 x 80 cm
  • Poetry Of The Landscape - Painting by Janet Botes
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    Poetry Of The Landscape
    Painting / 60 x 26 cm
  • Nuances: Fly Home - Printmaking by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: Fly Home
    Printmaking / 80 x 85 cm
  • Nuances: Landscaping Of The Ancients - Printmaking by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: Landscaping Of The Ancients
    Printmaking / 150 x 29 cm
  • Thinking In Line With Myself - Mixed Media Painting by Janet Botes
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    Thinking In Line With Myself
    Mixed Media Painting / 34 x 63 cm
  • Odonata - Drawing by Janet Botes
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    Odonata
    Drawing / 29 x 40 cm
  • Breathe And Believe - Painting by Janet Botes
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    Breathe And Believe
    Painting / 34 x 67 cm
  • Nuances: George Sedgefield - Printmaking by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: George Sedgefield
    Printmaking / 80 x 80 cm
  • Nuances: Swellendam Marloth - Printmaking by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: Swellendam Marloth
    Printmaking / 65 x 65 cm
  • Journey Deur Die Donker Landskap - Drawing by Janet Botes
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    Journey Deur Die Donker Landskap
    Drawing / 90 x 64 cm
  • Nuances: Koekenaap - Printmaking by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: Koekenaap
    Printmaking / 70 x 60 cm
  • Nuances: In Die Vertes Van Gister - Limited edition print by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: In Die Vertes Van Gister
    Limited edition print / 77 x 42 cm
  • Nuances: Plains For View - Printmaking by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: Plains For View
    Printmaking / 70 x 64 cm
  • Nuances: South Bound - Limited edition print by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: South Bound
    Limited edition print / 70 x 64 cm
  • Nuances: Bridging Over - Limited edition print by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: Bridging Over
    Limited edition print / 70 x 64 cm
  • Nuances: Nuanced Land - Printmaking by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: Nuanced Land
    Printmaking / 65 x 65 cm
  • Nuances: Sea Breeze - Limited Edition Print by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: Sea Breeze
    Limited Edition Print / 65 x 65 cm
  • Nuances: Memory Of This - Limited edition print by Janet Botes
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    Nuances: Memory Of This
    Limited edition print / 65 x 49 cm