A series of portrait relief carvings of contemporary (middle aged) women who have achieved success in their professional fields. They express a confidence, courage and self-knowledge achieved in fortunate segments of their generation. Such women were imagined, but hardly known to their grandmother's generation, and their children will carry forward the example. The portraits act as witness rather than idealisation. Physical aging and personal conflict are recognised. Where the fragment format is used, it suggests the conceivable part of an unknowable whole, a reference to the larger mystery that is the essence of each individual, and further the vast body of accumulated knowledge and experience that allows for focused expertise in any field. Environment, experience, conflict and the various energies that infuse these lives are referred to in the background, part of the psychological portrait. These portraits are of friends who have modelled for me, representing themselves but also the archetype of their potential.
A collection of conceptual ships, where each (traditionally female ship) represents both individual and archetypal experience within a fluid space-time. The ships function as both container and vehicle: for hopes and fears, for identity, sexuality, continuance, deliverance, disaster, birth, death, suffering, for paradox, ambiguity and mystery. The mutability of time and archetypal nature of experience through time is expressed in the combining of historical visual references, so that the need to procreate, to survive and to understand the meaning of existence are suggested as an eternal yet essential mystery.
Bas-reliefs, landscapes of contemporary South African life in a transitional society