Janet Botes is a visual artist based in South Africa. Her work is inspired by the natural rhythms of the Earth and by taking into consideration how deep ecology, biology, the Gaia theory and our daily lives intertwine. Janet’s work is also informed by her own quest to learn more about herself and the world, finding new ways of being, and sharing this through her work.
In her art-making Janet uses various different creative techniques that include Land Art, drawing & painting on paper, mixed media, installation, and sculptural art. With an intuitive, exploratory approach to art, her work ranges from detailed ink drawings to performative actions and explorations in urban-, gallery- and outdoors spaces. She is interested in the nature and spirit of place just as much as our inter-relationships with these spaces and other organisms. Join her Everyday Adventures facebook group for updates about art classes, outdoor art-making sessions, workshops, and creative retreats.
“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.“