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Artists Statement for the 2014 Nirox Winter Exhibition, Cradle of Humankind 13 April 2014 I believe works of art can both comment on environmental issues and contribute to the solution. We can start by learning how nature solves problems and mimicking those systems. Traditional Health Practitioners Artworks Historically, indigenous traditional knowledge of medicinal plants has sometimes been exploited by various institutions – pharmaceutical companies used the knowledge without crediting or financially rewarding the holders of the knowledge until regulation was legally implemented. Resources have also been exploited by rural communities in order to make a living. The wealth of traditional knowledge held by many communities throughout the world is often under-valued. Through making the proposed artworks I want to better understand this relationship and use the arts to visually research it. For the Nirox Winter Exhibition 2014 I worked on sculptural portraits with traditional health practitioner theme. I gravured the portraits into stone. They were acclaimed and acknowledged, but possibly un-proclaimed traditional healers whose photographs appear in the public domain. I collected stone unearthed from a farm adjacent to the village, across the road from Nirox. I started by visiting the village with staff that work at Nirox and then invited the elders and the teachers of the community to visit the park –through following cultural protocols. I realised that the act of making artworks is a neutral attractor of new audiences. I take into consideration the advice I received from social ecologist Dr Jenny Botha and ethno botanist Dr Vivienne Williams from WITS to be very aware of the positive and negative impact such programs can have on a village. People in the village have had limited opportunity to visit Nirox and this was a lovely opportunity to do that. Four members of the local community joined me on an artists’ walkabout in July 2014 along with the usual supporters. The elder use to carve wooden sculptures and never realised that he could make a career out of being an artist.
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My works are often made from industry waste, such as mining core, mainly to reduce my environmental footprint, and to a lesser extent because of limited capital. When making site specific work, I engage with the public moving through that space to ensure the work has meaning and participatory capacity for them. This practice, along with my concern for the environment, has led me to make work that has an actual impact on the environment. PUBLICATIONS: Report on the Anthropocene Visioning Workshop, 15-18 November 2016, Cape Town, South Africa. GRAID project workshop. Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Authors: Hamann M., Biggs R., Pereira L., Preiser R., Hichert T., Merrie A., Cloete D., Poskitt S., Loubser G., Salley R., Blanchard R., Coetzee H., Fioramonti L., Gomera M., Hermanus L., Johnson G., Johnson L., Karakashian A., Khan Z., King N., Mannetti L., Mbete S., Moteane S., Mthembi F., Mumba M., Nilsson W., Nkontwana P., Odendaal P., Sanchez Betancourt D., Shimahara E., Xaba N., Ziervogel G. This report should be cited as: CST-GRAID. 2017. Climate and Art WMO BULLETIN 67 pg 41-51 By Erica Allis , Coleen Vogel , Hannelie Coetzee , Michelle Rogers AWARDS, Invitations & GRANTS RECEIVED 2018 Johannesburg City Transformation & Development Agency invitation to attend the Portland Oregon Eco Disctricts Workshop invitation to develop green corridors through Public art with the artists collective of active citizens, Water for The Future (NPC 2018). 2017 South Africa Trade and Industry funding to scientifically research and develop a new patented innovation public art vertical gardens at NMMU to show the new Wild Wall Tile technology invented by the artist. 2017 University of Stellenbosch Complex Studies Department and Stockholm Resilience Institute’s Anthropocene resilience development colloquium, presenting Eland and Benko 2015 as an example of how arts and science mutually benefit through partnership. 8-9 May in Johannesburg. 2016 (BASA) Business and Arts South Africa small business award with Kirchhoff Surveyors for Eland and Benko, Nirox Sculpture Park 2015. 2016 University of Stellenbosch Complex studies department and Stockholm Resilience Institute’s Anthropocene scenario workshop to imagine a better future. 2016 Clare and Eduardo Villa Grant new sculpture, Glinsterjuffertjie, 2016 for Nirox Winter show co-curated by Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Helen Pheby.
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