About the artist

About the artist

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.


Exhibitions

  • 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: Solo exhibition at The Breytenbach Centre, Wellington,  Stories of a life