Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul”– Alice Walker
Hi, my name is Janet… a visual artist based in South Africa. I create – amongst other things – art, design, totems and sculptures inspired by biodiversity, natural cycles, memories and everyday moments – and is often experimental, diverse, process-based and intuitive. My work is handmade with love and kind intent, and when possible uses natural, organic and/or recycled/reclaimed materials.
Nature is resilient and powerful, but the balance of ecosystems can be easily disrupted when the interconnectivity of all living creatures and processes are not respected. When even one species of insect or fungus is eradicated completely, other animals, plants or natural processes of growth and decay that relied upon the species can no longer function or exist, which creates a chain reaction with devastating results. Our actions as inhabitants and custodians of the earth have an unthinkably large impact on the earth – within the palms of our hands we hold the power to change our way of living and co-existing.
Art has the ability to strengthen these energy connections, and I hope that my art and creative workshops strengthen the connection between people, nature and the creativity inherent in everyone. I strive to live with compassion and courage to help create a world filled with more happiness and love.
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world”– John Muir