I grew up in the Eastern Cape, in Port Elizabeth, a place of great disparities in the 50s and 60s, then unleashed myself onto Cape Town in the 70’s. Later I found myself in the evocative, inimitable Johannesburg of the 1980’s. After many rites of passage and a number of years of studying, working and travelling , I am back in the Cape at the edge of the world. There are multiple narratives in my life; I live as a teacher, artist, zen coach in training and mother but sometimes things overlap, creating a palimpsest of images: heroes, villains, wind and sea all jostle for centre stage. Sometimes, though, I just garden or walk my dog on the beach. Other times, I paint a bit or just curate the furniture in my house.
THE SOUL SHOULD ALWAYS STAND AJAR - EMILY DICKINSON
My work is mostly made in response to events, encounters, sensations, in my life. I paint in a visceral, fairly intuitive way, like a sort of diary; more impulse than rigour, but still it engages my values and identity in this moment. I paint intuitively but reflectively. Im sketching more now too, drawing interiors and landscapes in part as a process. Lockdown’s side effects are grist for the mill but are too scary to contemplate right now so the visual order emerging needs to be a soothing balm. I’m just exploring ways of looking, and being and enjoying the landscape. I love the meditative nature of painting in my studio and immersing myself in the stillness of that space. A welcome respite.
WHEREVER YOU ARE IS THE ENTRY POINT - KABIR