A Body of History
- 297mm x 420mm
- Fabriano Paper
About this piece
What I wanted to share was how I used to create through instinct. Spontaneous eruptions of whatchamacallit – figures appearing from nothing, nowhere. But at the same time, when they appear- their place and poses and presence – all speak of one theme: a creation that is meant to be, destined, inevitable.
The words “and it will be” come to mind, but that feels a bit restrictive and has religious undertones. When I think of my artwork, and life decisions and where I find myself now, I know all of this was meant to be. All the little decisions were brush strokes, revealing more and more- closer to a self, a life that was destined to me anyway. Lessons destined to learn. Perhaps the painting, the process of deciding what to add, to remove or to change is all part of creating a sense of self that is true.
But what do I know - I’m a 34-year-old female painter in Mosselbay, a small seaside town in South Africa with nowhere to go but inside.