A Place I Know: 31 Oct – 30 Nov 2018
Over the past few years I have been privy to life as it occurs here, at the southern tip of Africa. Being accustomed to the wilds of the largest mountains in the world (the Himalayas), this part of the world initially felt like a microcosm. However, in time I found that it is a treasure trove of detail. The fynbos, diminutive in stature and staggering in its diversity, conceals traces of interactions unlike any other. Some of the most unique features of this biome have been a work in progress for millennia. Botanical and zoological life forms, have been responding to both climatic and geological changes from a time before our own existence.
Change is inevitable in an evolutionary sense; however, it may be more noticeable in recent events resulting from human activity. Since my arrival in the Western Cape, the seasons have brought surprises. Unseasonal fires, hotter summers and drought—as a result of the driest of winters on record. these events are harbingers of the precariousness of life itself.
My works document landscapes seen through the species that inhabit them. Some of the places I have painted are familiar and close to where I live, while in others I have found myself as a momentary visitor. While these works document what I fear might be lost, they are also filled with optimism.
In the process of taming our own habitat, we have marginalised the territories of many species. Yet, we still live among many more of them than we imagine. Wild animals remind us of a time before we humans arrived. they represent the laÌ of the untamed earth. Perhaps these species, surviving on the fringe, are indicators of the chance of our own survival on this planet.