One of the primary incentives for me as an artist to create is an urgency to comprehend and come to terms with the here and now. It is with that motivation in mind that I often find myself searching the current cultural and artistic zeitgeist to take a position, reflect on or reinterpret an aspect within these universally held beliefs that resonates with me and sparks a visual expression of a particular "trending" social norm.
The body of work that represents the "passage" series has its conceptual roots in popularised notions and propositions relating to travel. Photographs of unknown places stream through our devices into our consciousness on an everyday basis, pinned to our memories with enticing quotes about travel and the value and shifts in perception of the world and our place in it, that travelling can yield. More than often the destination is the focus and the journey between point A and B only suggested. It is within that context where the most important aspect of travelling is downplayed in tandem with other universally held or popular ideas, like "life is a journey, not a destination" that these works had their conceptual beginnings.
"Passage" - the action or process of moving through or past somewhere on the way from one place to another.
As the word passage suggests, these works focus on the transit between point A and B, but more specifically the universal human experience or journey between birth and death. With portraiture as the foundation of my visual vocabulary, these works are visualisations of universal experiences relating to trauma, rites of passage, coming of age, the aging process and personal transformations - which all play a part in creating the greatest journey of all - life.
- Passage | Two-person exhibition with Nicole Pletts | SPACE | Rossouw Modern | Hermanus | South Africa | 4 - 22 October 2019