Themes and subjects that are often found in my work are mostly nature-inspired and include trees, insects, foliage and animals. I draw my inspiration from personal experiences, daily life and my spiritual practice. I love to experiment with materials and techniques, which result in wide variety in my work and approaches. These include mixed media, photography, painting, drawing, land art, performance art, sculpting and digital media. Found objects are used in sculptures, installations and mixed media works, and the I often create art from discarded or waste materials, in what I term ‘creative recycling’.
My work is intuitive and largely process based. My initial concept for an artwork often change and evolve over a period of days or weeks. My process is often also guided by spontaneous responses to my subject matter and materials, and in this sense each artwork is a new experience and exploration. What unifies my work is my underlying intention of sharing my connection and respect for the sacredness and interconnectivity of life. I am particularly guided and inspired by ecology, biodiversity, natural cycles and our place as a species within the web of life and the galactic community (…as we are not alone in this Universe!).
Some of my work is very transient, ephemeral, time-specific or temporary. This is done not only in order to not leave a lasting impact on the site, but also to emphasise the impermanence and flux of life, the cyclical nature of our physical world. I focus on honouring the fragility and temporary nature of our lives when perceived in relation to geological time, even though we tend to strive so hard for longevity and eternal youth. These works only live on through photographic documentation, that captures the moment after creation, or sometimes a sequence of images that document the decay or destruction of the artwork.
My temporary work is also in response to being part of a society who chase material wealth rather than spiritual wealth and health, and who often use resources in a way that does not consider the future of life on the planet. In our pursuit to make things lasting – whether it is our youth, investment art or our houses – we tend to use materials and chemicals that harm not only ourselves, but our soil, our water and all other life that share the Earth with us. My work is an attempt at returning to the eternal present moment, returning to our own essence as soil, star dust and energy that form part of this intricate web of life.
A good example of my creative process can be seen in the way I worked during the Thupelo workshop held in Cape Town in June 2016. During the workshop I organised a land art outing to Granger Bay, had my fellow artists interact with a pebble, created a textual work in the library of Ruth Prowse art school, created double-exposures including the other artists’ work, created an installation with leaves and sand, cut shapes and holes into leaves, as well as drew lines with water on the bricks of the school.