My artistic practice engages with symbolic, cultural and anthropological readings of the body. The use of hybridity and anthropomorphism becomes a tool for negotiating the dichotomy between the civilized self and the instinctive, untamed self. This forms the basis for narratives that attempt to deconstruct history and identity. There is an engagement with the skins surface as a boundary, receptive to patterning, mapping and fragmenting. Through this fracturing of imagery, I further investigate notions of displacement and belonging, to evoke a sense of unease and disconnectedness. This is of particular relevance to my own cultural history.
Currently, I am interrogating the body more as a concept of space, working with landscape and exploring land itself as a body. The deconstructed elements that previously mapped out the surface of the body, almost topographically, now extend beyond it, to form extensive spatial platforms in themselves. In approaching the South African landscape from a collection of viewpoints and contexts, and largely from memory, I am defining and undefining, perpetually deconstructing and redefining this body and its context. The new rendering of these spaces allows for a more fluid and abstract working platform.