Healing Series "Art Book 2" 2 of 20. Media: Mixed media, steel, resin, Rooibos tea bags, ink. Size: each 90cm x 35cm.

Healing: Artbook 2

  • Media: 

     Mixed Media

    Size: 

     W 6 meters x H 180cm

    Installation: Planning Goldev

     

    The art work is the result of two years of investigation in purchasing a low cost house. It deals with specific aspects of Government subsidised low cost housing developments. The five panels are Zones which each express a particular part of the housing scenario. The words swing between conflict and conciliation and become unreadable as the call for millions more houses fall mainly on deaf ears.

     

    Each panel represents one Zone

     

    The tea bags are in Numerical order from One to One Thousand Two hundred ( as intended for the Goldev area ) Apart from location and identification, numerals have great symbolic meanings attached to them.

    Panel 1 Street Names, and Numbers indicating personal ownership.

    Panel 2 Geological investigation into the condition of the land 'Trial Hole Profiles'.

     

    Panel 3 Financial aspect ( loans and subsidies ) and consecutive bar coded numbers (which speak of the ‘first world’ ‘third world’ situation in which so many people find themselves, on a daily basis.

    Panel 4 Poem: 'Accountable'

    Panel 5 Imaginary Numbers for Plots. Homes yet to be built

    Medium: Tea bags, Canvas, & mixed media.

    Size: Four Panels across 4 600cm x 2 500cm

    The resin preserves in it, two elements that both have healing properties; Rooibos tea bags and Bandages. Each ‘page’ of tea- bags encased in resin, represents a Zone with individual plots and houses. Each deals with a specific related aspect of the housing and land scenario.

     

    We are a society of numbers
    Our number is our Identity.
    Little birds living in little numbered nests. 
    Our numbers say who we are 
    Where we live 
    Where we work 
    What we own 
    How much money we have 
    How much we can borrow 
    How many children we have 
    How old we are 
    What we mean 
    How much power we have 
    How little power we have. 
    Some of us have no number 
    Some of us do not even have a nest.

    Healing Art Books

    Exhibited in Museum Africa (1997 through to 1998)

     

    30 Healing Art Books were arranged in rows in Museum Africa and represented the notion of walking through the streets of a township. They form part of the of the main body of work and installation entitled ‘Healing’.

     

    The art work is the result of two years of investigation finding a low cost house. It deals with specific aspects of Government subsidised low cost housing developments. Each book represent a particular aspect of the low cost housing scenario. The words and symbolic elements used become unreadable and indistinguishable as the call for millions more houses fall mainly on deaf ears.

     

    The resin preserves in it, two elements that both have healing properties; Rooibos tea bags and Bandages. Each ‘page’ of tea- bags encased in resin, represents a Zone with individual plots and houses.

    Medium: Resin, Steel, Rooibos, Bandages, Text and Mixed Media.

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