South African Artist Creating Surreal Idiomatic Artworks
This is a collection of my most popular artworks, created over the last 10 years, that explore literal interpretations of common language expressions or emotions in surreal and conceptual artworks.
Creating these works lets me explore the human predicament through my own experiences by depicting the varied range of emotions people have, the language used to describe them and how we interact with the world around us based on these emotions, hopefully bringing self-awareness and understanding of others.
Wistful abandonment: Music is where my dearest and brightest dreams have ranged — to hear for the duration of a heartbeat the universe and the totality of life in its mysterious, innate harmony. Now abandoned yet yearned for.
Umbrella melancholy: A visual explanation of what extreme sorrow feels like. Your world is turned on its head, literally upside down, and you are left very disturbed by your own sadness and the feeling that there is something wrong and missing from the world around you which leaves you more mournful than before.
Complexity in a jaded world: Exploring the literal visual interpretations of the familiar idiomatic expressions “Sometimes It’s as if I’m speaking to to a brick wall”.
Free falling dream: The dream of falling many of us have just before we wake.
Light redemption:The freedom found from confinement and making good your escape.
Clockwork orange: The violent nature of humans always going to war and letting our inner demons of greed and lust drive us to the desolation of free will as a solution and justification for further evil and violence.
Forlorn aspiration: Loneliness experienced while travelling through this life dreaming for so much more.
Cube awakening: Coming alive with the breaking dawn.
Seperation of state: The space we as humans occupy, nature and civilisation in conflict within each and every one of us as the ideal modern life we live verse the natural wonder of the world from where we have come from and still strive to spend our time.
Entropic misadventure: To have your head in the clouds and surrender your body to whatever may come; to separate yourself from the world around you either through conscience choice or by accident by head trauma.
Forever lost: Death becomes her.
Hope floats away: When darkness falls, hope floats away stolen on a cold midnight breeze.
Cemetery in my mind: What is death but an accumulation of knowledge put to rest. Most knowledge is written down but is still in the mind hence a library inside a person. On one hand it is the end for that person but on the other ever lasting life through the written words.
And the storm broke: The title sums the artwork: And the storm broke, rendering the sky asunder.
Bleak world of absent law: Created in response to the news that the South African government has lifted the moratorium on shale gas exploration in the Karoo (Fracking).
Distance is darkness: Distance is darkness, life keeping pace with time for a moment and in this moment hope dreams of eternal life free of time but the sad reality is there may be no life after death, bodies return to the earth and only our dreams will live on.
Prolepsis: The decay of flesh. The lost purity of youth, aeons foreshadowed in moments of haunting prolepsis. We are all dying at the moment of conception, all shared in the role of universal entropy – The process of life to inevitable death.
Type character: A very literal interpretation of the phrase.