About the artist
My work is centred on the symbolical journey. My medium is oil and I work by way of active imagination. I view the creative space as the space between psyche and reality, and the canvas as a living mirror with which I engage consciously in art to the best of my ability.
My first experiments with oil were focused on looking in the mirror to see what would come from the other side. This process of projection and interaction with the psyche developed into a fascinating dialogue: I would get stuck in what I had set out to do and put the work aside, but after an insight in my inner life, an artistic solution might offer itself; an answer seemed to come from nowhere, from inside that I could not have foreseen. In some images, these ‘conversations’ eventually stretched over years. On the canvas this meant that paint was sometimes piled on in thick layers, a deep truth shining through the noise of my everyday-life, from far away, calling to me. I firmly believed in the messages coming from the deep; I view every work as an essential truth, aspects of the story of my life, rooted in the history I was born into.
The importance of the relationship to one’s work
By finding an objective conscious standpoint in relation to the content coming up from the unconscious, it becomes possible to relate to my own deeper truth, and thereby to form a meaningful view of myself in my world. It is toward a need for myth and meaning that my work is directed.
Jung says in Memories, dreams, reflections p 340:
The need for mythic statements is satisfied when we frame a view of the world which adequately explains the meaning of human existence in the cosmos, a view which springs from our psychic wholeness, from the co-operation between conscious and unconscious. Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable – perhaps everything.
- 2016: Solo exhibition at UCT Irma Stern, Cape Town, The old woman and the moon, an inner journey in oil
- 2017: Group exhibition at The Cape Gallery, Cape Town, Dream now, dream not
- 2018: at The Breytenbach Centre, Wellington: from 10 February – 9 March: Stories of a life, a symbolical approach to art