four colour lithograph
56 x 76 cm
six colour lithograph
56 x 76 cm
two colour lithograph
56 x 76 cm
Series of 7 prints
pinted in black with a few colour runs
Chine colle, embossing and hand colouring were used
38 x 35.5 cm
The writings of Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274) form the background for this series. Known as the Angelic Doctor, Aquinas was an Aristotlist, famous for his investigations into 'the vices and virtues of life'. As a model for self-examination, Aquinas's ideas around shared human characteristics developed into the renowned Catholic principle of 7 deadly sins.
I have explored these common characteristics of the human condition through an analysis of their presence in my own make-up. The exercise began as an exploration of the commonality of the human condition. My work may generally be recognized as strongly individualistic and referring most often to intimate, singular and particular experiences of myself but this work was developed during a period of looking beyond the idiosyncratic. Although the concept of 'sin' was not comfortable for me, I explored this idea during a period of intense religious probing.
There are 7 lithographs each representing one of the 7 deadly sins as they are manifest in my character:
Gluttony - The clenched hand and a wine glass refers to crude physical greed and excess. The fist indicates frustration and self-loathing.
Apathy - The Passion Flower refers to Christianity. Also called 'spiritual sloth' in some translations of Aquinas, the artist recognizes this sin in herself disguised as disdain and cynicism - and so the hand signals 'hate' in sign language.
Anger - This characteristic in the artist is identified with violence. The knife forced into flesh refers to self-mutilation - anger experienced as self-destruction.
Pride - The breast-feeding child alludes to basic, instinctual pride in one's children. I experienced this with dismay as the indication is that the children are of oneself or belong to oneself, and this claiming of another person through the sin of pride is the ultimate denial of their own individuality and separateness.
Lust - The hand raised in shock as a lizard bites its tip. Borrowed from Caravaggio, this use of the lizard as a sign for sexual passion recurs in this work. The inference is that the sin of lust may be hazardous and painful, but nevertheless results in an exquisite serpentine gesture as the hand arches and pulls away.
Greed - Stupid worldly greed is a green purse and a hand signaling 'love' implicates me in this desire to surround myself with possessions and trappings. I, like Aquinas, attribute this sin to the fear of death.
Envy - The tired hand, heavy with want, contains the envious eye that desires that which others have. The mysterious sin with no benefit in it. The origin of discontent.
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1989 BA (Fine Art) University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Distinction in Painting and Drawing, University Merit Award for Painting.)
1990 Post graduate Higher Diploma in Education, University of theWitwatersrand, Jhb
RESIDENCIES/ WORK EXPERIENCE
2003 Awarded Fellowship of the Ampersand Foundation and resident fellow in New York City for 2 months. (May and June)
2002 Artist in Residence at Caversham Press and Studio, Howick Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa (August September)
2000-2003 Part time Lecturer in Drawing, Fine Art, Witwatersrand Technikon Part time drawing teacher, Artists Proof Studio, Newtown, Jhb
1989-2003 Freelance book illustrator for various publishing houses including Raven Press, Macmillan, Maskew-Miller-Longman, Heinemann, GIED
1998 Occasional Drawing workshops, Funda Community College, Soweto, Johannesburg
1997 Birth of second child Tiva Designed various CD covers & posters
1996 Birth of first child Lorha Ad Hoc member of Market Theatre Galleries Consultative Committee
1995 Executive member. Art Educators Association (since 1992) Consultative committee member Market Theatre Galleries
1993 -1994 Art Educators Association. Administrator (Part time) and Co-ordinator of art-making workshops
1994 Member of the Visual Arts Consultative Committee Arts Alive Festival, Jhb. Mural Artist - Arts Alive Festival, Jhb 1993 Resident Artist, Daljosofat Arts Foundation, Paarl. Western Cape
1992 Member of Arts For All campaign committee for the organization and launch of the National Arts Coalition Co-ordinator of Mural Workshop, Grahamstown Festival Coordinator and Facilitator of the Community Mural, Orlando Children's Home, Orlando, Soweto
Pelmama Academy, Dobsonville, Soweto. Painting, Sculpture, Drawing and Art
Joubert Park College. Inner city, Johannesburg.
Funda Community College. Diepkloof Soweto. Co-ordinator and teacher of part-time
adult education art course. Art History teacher full time art course.
After school art course for children, Dobsonville, Soweto
Pansky Dum Art Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic (May/June)
Art on Paper Gallery, Jhb (March)
Show at Home, Jhb
Bang-the-Gallery, Cape Town
1999 Open Window Gallery, Pretoria
1994 Thompson Gallery, Jhb
1993 SAAA, Cape Town
1995 Market Theatre Galleries, Jhb
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2003 Brett Kebble Art Awards, Cape Town
2003 Spaza Gallery, Troyeville, Jhb
2002 Open Window Gallery, Pretoria
2001 Art on Paper Gallery, Melville, Jhb
2000 Gallery 111, Jhb
1998 Civic Gallery, Jhb
1997 Thompson Gallery, Jhb
1996 Cultureel Centrum Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
1995 Vita Arts Now Exhibition, JHB Art Gallery
1994 Everard Read Contemporary Gallery, Jhb
1993 Vita arts Now Exhibition, JHB Art Gallery
1992 Waterfront Exhibition Centre, Cape Town
1991 Standard Bank Drawing Exhibition, national
1990 New Signatures, SAAA Gallery, Pretoria
PUBLIC & CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
The Artists' Press , RSA
Galamander Press, NY, USA
Cell C Collection, RSA
Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein, RSA
SAAA Collection, Cape Town, RSA
Engen Corporate collection, RSA
Sanlam Corporate Collection, RSA
Technikon South Africa
Daljosophat Arts Foundation, Cape Town, RSA
Chamber of Mines, Jhb, RSA
Rand Water, RSA
Cell C, RSA