The old saying goes that every picture tells a story, and iconic sixties essayist Joan Didion justified our desire for narrative with her insistence that “we tell ourselves stories in order to live”.
“I hear the pictures before I see them, then I smell them. I hear the picture in a continuous time loop”, says Sharmaine Thérèsa Pretorius, a South African artist based in Oman.
For Sharmaine, also known by her pen name Ilza, art is a representation of holographic memories downloaded from the spiritual realm into a tapestry of multi-layered drawings containing puzzles, musical composition and maps.
From parting with children and the effects of cold coffee, to giving birth and the up-side of napping in class, the conversation began to unfold as I delved deeper into the inner-workings of the artist known as Lailo.
The whale’s feeding grounds are at risk; firstly, due to the loss of krill, secondly because of the high salt content on the ice and thirdly due to global warming, their cold waters are warming on the way to the tropics and the whale interprets in this rise in temperature that they have reached the tropics for breeding.
Fields, Trees and Quantum – art images combining the beauty of our planet with scientific advances.
Images of “Our Changing World” using poetry and photographic portraiture. Images of who we are and what may follow. South African artist, Tanisha Bhana, seeks to “ignite a subconscious repulsion and connection to common associations that tie us together.” Her poetry and photographic images are provided for your thought and reflection.
CONTEMPORARY ART THAT ALERTS US TO OUR CHANGING WORLD
The art work of Tanisha Bhana illustrates the impact people have on themselves, all living beings, and the earth. Her work communicates difficult times in human history. She shows the changing landscape, a time of crisis and emergency. The work touches us by showing the impact people have on biodiversity.
It is up to you to provide a response to the images. Ask yourself whether the art speaks to you about our changing world?
The worlds of art and technology at first glance may seem far apart, or too different from each other to be compatible, but in my case, the two go hand in hand. Since I’m a legally blind photographer, it would be impossible for me to practice my art without today’s technology.
MOTHERSHIP is a group exhibition curated by Elizabeth Byrne and Caro Halford exploring and celebrating the theme of the ‘mother artist’. The fourteen artists have varied practices in drawing, film, installation, painting, photography, print, sculpture, sound and textiles, and each artist is a mother.
Born in 1929 in New York and raised in Philadelphia, Lora Verner is an artist and photographer who has been living in London since 1964. During her travels to Hong Kong and Japan in the early 1980’s, she produced a series of photographs that were exhibited in 1983 and in 1984, which received favourable reviews in The Guardian newspaper.