One of the most memorable places, where I was surrounded by
a profound strong silence was in the Drakensberg after a long journey. I
wondered perhaps if the strong silence would be felt there, in such a profound
way, if it was not attached to a long journey.
My approach to this exhibition, titled Strong Silence,
visually investigates whether a state of strong silences is an environmental or
The original aim for ‘Strong Silence’ was to create a visual
journey through a series of works that would be expressed in profound visual
moments. It was important to work intuitively on this exhibition so that it too
became a journey as well as being about many other journeys. I believe that
drawing is a form of true thought transfered through mark making. As an ink
artist, I extended my relationship with ink further by working with print
medium drawing methods, real time drawing and emotive drawing. The inspiration for the works where sourced
from South African landscapes where I found moments of silence in the past 2
years, weather it came from the wind, or a young forest, or a public park. All
the environments share the same found moments of strong silence.
The journey to a strong silence became my subject matter. My
intuitive process has resulted in my different landscape tales with some
dissolving, and others became a complex narrative of a pathway.