To Touch the Heart
|Dimensions:||3.5m x 3.5m x 5.5m|
|Media:||South African grasses, dried corn, mild steel|
Exhibition: Container 96, Art Across Oceans.
Relocating myself out from an overwhelming western European ideological narrative back into the African homeland was aided and abetted by an enduring love affair I have with the compelling beauty of the South African landscape. It is ironic that it took so long for me to relocate back to Africa with its own ancient histories and traditions, turning back to the landscape and its indigenous technologies, in finding a way in which to synthesize this with my predominant Western training began to be the pilgrimage of the works that re-celebrated a renewed possibility of engaging an expanded new horizon of beauty. I keep trying to understand the significance of being embedded in a rich tapestry of cultures. Placing a work within a container to be shipped to a foreign continent allows me to think about the poignant relationship between the local and the global, between a place of belonging and a place of yearning. I worked with Sam Ntshangase and we placed into the container a sample of the cultural earth of KwaZulu-Natal.