“What One Is”
Geese in formation
Not fifteen feet overhead
Emptiness is form (Tom Snow 2013)
I dont embark on my work with answers, but rather as a journey towards knowing.
I have made my life between two continents.
I grew up in a Jewish family, under Apartheid South Africa, balking at the oppressive regime.
I always identified with the oppressed.
I am a person with feet in at least these two worlds, although I have lived in America for many years now, South Africa permeates my experience.
Between these two poles my work dangles. As I puzzle through the process of creation, I am discovering a more urban landscape. I explore the precious and precarious places we occupy in our livelihoods and our intimate relationships; with dreamlike imagery.
This opening up of the internal spaces, to draw forth the image is where the work really takes place: this first thought, best thought exposure.
The artist Jennifer Wynne Reeve says “Process unfolds. It’s not procedural it’s progress, it’s a cognitive revelation realized in a composition”
Thats the journey of making work and I/we are always on the edge, open to experience the brilliance or sorrow or the mundane ordinariness of our lives and so to discover the spaces we inhabit.