Artistic Intent

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Media: 
Mixed Media
Size: 
W 6 meters x H 180cm

Healing
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)

Artistic Intent

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.