Janet Botes (1984-) is a visual artist based in South Africa. Her work include the creation of land art, installation art, mixed media art, assemblage pieces, watercolour paintings and ‘new media’ works.
“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 in between. With my feet rooting me to the Earth, my blood flowing as water through my veins, the wind as my breath and the fire of my creativity, I use my impulse to create to share my experiences and perspectives in ways that enrich, inform and inspire. 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 mission: Create art that honours the sacredness, cycles and biodiversity of the Earth.”
As part of Janet’s work she initiates or participate in projects that involves the conservation of, or education about, biodiversity and ecosystems. She does this mostly through collaborations with WESSA (Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa) and other environmental organisations, or with like-minded individuals passionate about the same goals and interests. Janet is editor of artlovenature.co.za, and also run workshops and outdoor art experiences in Wilderness, and surrounding areas on the Garden Route of South Africa. To join monthly land art sessions sign up at bit.ly/capelandart.
Tankwa Artscape Residency, May-June 2019