2010 - landscapes
Landscape is a difficult genre in contemporary art practice and presents a painter with a number of unavoidable problems; originality, form, content. There are always the pitfalls of the political, picturesque and pretty, to do battle with. Therefore these works rely on the material itself to create an idea of an image in the mind's eye.
The stretched canvases, flooded with acrylic and water based ink, eight in all, each representing the colours of the rainbow, create landscapes of the heart. They allow for a space that alludes to the magnificent natural spaces of Botswana.
In exhibition the landscape series was accompanied by a series of short haikuesque poems by visual artist, poet and performer Ngozi Chukura. Ngozi has written a piece to each colour: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The words make passionate and sublime companions to each 'landscape'. November 2010.
YELLOW ORANGE RED GREEN BLUE
"seeping potent "thorny horizon "hung: dripping rain "the yearning pushes through "rooted t the sky
drawing near to sunrise exhaling dust in devotion into flesh, earthen ancestry reaching into cacophony sewn, as a feather
from cryptic night" to a dusky romance" steeped in histories" with uterine silence" embroidered with flight"
"potent fecundity "agitated thought hovers
whispered, liquid to kiss the sweet gashes
sucked into secretive rivers" of desire"