Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sand Circles and Mud Patterns - collaboration

(Photograph by Darren Bruce Lyon)

Circles in the sand by Darren Bruce Lyon, also known as Das. He created these circles in the sand in front of the rocks I painted with mud, while participating in Andrew van der Merwe's Beach Calligraphy course during the Site_Specific Land Art bienalle. Resulting in an incidental creative collaboration! I love the way his geometric interlinking circles contrasts with the organic pattern I created on the rocks.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Creative Energy and Flow at Site_Specific

I was very privileged to be one of the artists for the 2013 Site_Specific International Land Art Biennale, held in Plettenberg Bay from 10-17 August. I met incredible artists, professionals and also members of the public (some as young as 5 years old, while others were retired and had a lot of experience and wonderful stories to share). I'd like to share the work that I did during the week...

Inspired and fascinated by the splatter patterns of water on sand,
the idea started to form around
the connection and borders
between land and sea. 

Sea to me = Spatters Waves Foam Water Flow
Land brought me to soil, mud, "grond"

Only after I started playing and experimenting with the mud on the sand and rocks did I find out about the ship that got stranded just up the coast towards Knysna and Wilderness, leaking oil. My artwork incidentally or accidentally gained a new layer of meaning.

"Flow" and "Riding the Wave" became slogans for my week - realizing I had to manage my energy levels, taking advantage of the inspiration and creative flow, because time seemed to fly past sooo quickly!

...The sands of time...

Painting with Mud.
Connecting with the rocks that has not yet eroded into sand.

Flow. Drift. Splatter
Flowing with clarity and energized focus.
Creating, Working
Being in the moment.

Drifting along, swept away by emotions.
Feelings, thoughts that ebb and flow like the tides.
While oil seep into the cracks of our survival.
Spluttering, Crashing against rock, 
hitting your head against a wall to leave your mark.

Flow, Focus, Have Faith
that you are in the right place at the right time.
That everything can be healed, washed away
By water. Or by Time.

 For images of work by the other Site_Specific artists and participants, go to: 
  • pinterest.com/sitespecificafr/landartbiennale-photo-competition/
  • facebook.com/events/418591894888932
  • sitespecific.org.za
  • landartsouthafrica.blogspot.com/2013/08/sitespecific-2013-huge-success.html

Pieces & Puzzles at the Lovell Gallery

"Glimpses", Janet Botes, 2013. To be exhibited as part of:

Pieces & Puzzles: Compositions of Human Expression Inspired by Nature.
Made, Mind, Explore; the Imagination of Nature

Join us for the opening of our Exhibition on Saturday, 24 August 2013 @ The Lovell Gallery


The exhibition will run from 24 August until 26 September and if you cannot attend the opening; be sure not to miss the show!

Curated by Stefanie Schoeman

Invitation design by David Brits
c. 0741057007 | w. www.davidbrits.com | w. www.destadlerhall.com

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

New work: A Perspective On Time

A Perspective on Time
Mixed Media on wood/board
36.8 x 32.3 cm (unframed)

Part of my Beach Meditation series, which are inspired by land art that I created by placing or arranging found pebbles on the beach. Each of these land art pieces were made as a prayer or meditation. 

This particular painting is focused on time - the rings of circular 'sun' design being divided into 12 sections for the months of the year, into 24 sections for the hours within a day, and 28 lines symbolizing a moon cycle. The focus of this particular 'meditation' is about using our time wisely in ways that support our goals, priorities and dreams. 

I've been giving a lot of time away freely the last few years, and I've also wasted some time on doing things that made me neglect my own needs, as well as the people I love. I am learning to find a balance in the way that I spend my time, making sure that everything I choose to spend time on, is done for and with the right reasons and intention.