MARIËTTE KOTZÉ

SOUTH AFRICA

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My interest lies in the inner landscape, the artistic expression of the inner self, and the activity of the artistic process. I explore these themes through process-based ink wash painting, combined with scanography. With an increasing interest in how process and repetition acts as meditative instruments in art-making, I combine traditional and contemporary art-making practices to create a new visual language.

 

I would describe my work as an exploration of abstraction through alternative photography, through digitizing ink wash movements with a macro lens. My work questions photography by capturing images that can never be created again.

 

I draw inspiration from Wassily Kandinsky’s writings regarding the spiritual in art, which influenced the work of the Abstract expressionists, as well as Japanese Zen calligraphy, which focuses on the meditative process of art-making and the expression of the subconscious mind.

 

My scanogram paintings are created through the combination of ink and water puddling, adding solvents to extend and retard the ink’s natural tendency to bloom and creep, and also changing its color. The results are captured using a Dual-lens scanner system, acting as a macro lens and paint surface simultaneously.

 

Through my work, I aim to focus my attention on Time as an ephemeral concept, by allowing the viewer to appreciate the transient moment in full by looking closer. I then shift the focus towards the beauty of accumulated time, where the creative journey and process becomes more important than the end product.

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