Completing the final work of my Honours year, I reflect now on what I had made and the story behind it all. For the year I continued my study in printmaking; choosing to look at my immediate landscapes and the relationship humankind has made with it as my subject matter.
A Living World
I have become curious with the natural world around me and how human life interacts with it. Furthermore, I want to experience the story of this ever-changing environment. In Paul B. Sears’s article, Utopia and the Living Landscape, he writes about the impact on the earth and simultaneously our ability to rectify it. “It would be a grave injustice to dismiss utopian though fantasy, visionary and impractical, […] expressed, it is essentially a critique of the defects and limitations of society and an expression of hope for something better” (Sears, 1965:474).
These artworks are depictions of my exploration into the duality of the term Landscape as being a site of both dwelling and reflection. I believe it
to be both an active, lived-in space, and a perspective. Furthermore, that the site of the landscape is temporary and ever-changing according to humankind’s interaction with it. My intention is to create this awareness to be attentive to our surroundings; to be involved with how one operates within their environment, but to also always be proactive in searching for options and ideas into the bettering of our environment. As my work continued throughout the year, it showcases my reflections into visual interpretations of my immediate surroundings of Gqberha and surrounding areas of importance to me. I used the theories of Landscape, Utopia and Aesthetics of the Sublime to analyse and interpret this environment in which I live, and to further view how our environment is constantly undergoing change. There has become this increasing need to be physically and mentally present.
Sarah van Appel
Honours (Fine Arts: Printmaking)