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Elizabeth Balcomb

South Africa

Sculpture, Metal on Bronze

Size: 13 W x 51.2 H x 18.5 D in

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With the bronze figure 'Submit' I am exploring the idea of the modern-day Madonna using a contemporary spin on classical sculpture. I'm interested in images that speak about the expectations that I experience directly as a mother/woman and my perception of the experiences of other women/mothers. This is a theme that I suspect I will always come back to. It began with earlier ceramic works such as 'Domestication' and 'The Housewife' and it relates to finding my own personal identity in this patriarchal society. 'Submit' was the first of a few related works. She has a dust/vapor mask on her head, and wears an apron. Both are pieces of equipment designed to protect the self, ones which I use in my studio every day. She stands on an old suitcase, the perhaps obvious embodiment of her history, her longing, her journey, her burden...and much more that the viewer is invited to interpret. Again, the concept of modern myth is relevant in terms of the place of women and mothers in society.

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Sculpture:Metal on Bronze

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Size:13 W x 51.2 H x 18.5 D in

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Elizabeth Balcomb is a self-taught South African artist known for her haunting figurative sculptures. Balcomb grew up on the banks of the Umgeni River in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands of South Africa. Intensely drawn to animals and the natural world, she studied Nature Conservation and spent much of her youth communing with wild creatures, some of them human. After graduating she worked at various nature reserves in South Africa and Zambia, focussing on environmental education, before becoming a full-time artist in 2010. Her emergance as an artist was during a period when she lived for over a decade in an isolated log cabin with her partner and son. Much of Balcomb’s work is a re-interpretation of classical sculpture using the language of the Renaissance to explore and expose elements of human nature. Her narrative incorporates aspects of dying and rebirth and matters of identity and personal value. She views the artist's path as an existential conundrum, constantly questioning the meaning of her work in relation to her own value as a human being and that of the natural world. Therianthropes are a recurring theme in her work. Balcomb lives and works between her 2 homes/studios in Durban and in the mist belt forest of Byrne Valley in the Kwazulu-Natal midlands of South Africa. She works in clay and casts limited editions into bronze. Learn more on her website

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