A short video to accompany my studio catalogue sale. This video is me doing an 'Art Catwalk" in my studio with some of the paintings and art featured in my catalogue. Song by Jamiroquai, Little L.
This is a short clip of me in action making these charcoal pieces in the theme of Venus and the female body. The video shows the process, not the finished product! Inspired by the Venus of Willendorf, the oldest known object depicting the female body, these pieces are a comment on how we apply meaning to the body based on our own cultural experience and social conditioning.
I wanted to give her a face (the object itself is faceless, an apparent symbol of femininity and fertility). I wanted it to appear as though she was about to burst forth from her narrow interpretation as fertility object, hence the womb-like construction that she is confined in. The work is done with willow and compressed charcoal and acrylic paint on thick cartridge paper. The circles measure 90cm in diameter. Unfortunatly one of these got damaged beyond repair in a studio leak I had in 2015. The other piece was sold to my client in its place.
Music: My Brightest Diamond Title: Dreaming Awake
This short video documents the making of my painting entitled "Carrion Wake Up", an oil on canvas painting measuring 90x90cm. The piece was started without a plan (as you can see from the pictures) it changed as I developed the idea. The idea is of a sensuality and desire bordering on debauchery but, at the same time, the subject of the painting is completely peaceful. It's also a play on words. Not only is Carrion the name of the flower, it's also the word for the dead and decaying flesh of an animal. At the same time time the name 'Carrion' sounds like 'carry on', leaving a sense of anticipation; to carry on with the dream or to wake up. My work comments on female sexuality and I often distort the body to convey psychological states and experiences.
This is a video documentation made in 2008 to show the process and developments of my final year body of work for my BA in Fine Art at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The video highlights and explains the concept behind my work during that year which includes female sexuality and the portrayal thereof, objectification and viewing positions (which includes how a person looks at a piece of art and how this act of looking changes meaning).
I was, and still am inspired by artists like Man Ray, Hans Bellmer, Dali as well as female artists Claude Cahun, Cindy Sherman and Francesca Woodman. In their work I find an interesting difference to the way men and women portray women in their art. I LOVE this theme of the self and the body in art and all the political and social taboos concerning it brings up!