2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition

August 16, 2016
admin

Hannelie Coetzee sees herself as an ecological artist that studies the effects of man-made systems on the natural environment. “We need to re-learn the logic of nature in order to continue mindfully,” says Coetzee. She aims to go further by finding possible solutions through interacting with affected individuals, building a network useful to the issue at hand, and shedding some light on the problem by creating art. With Watermense/Water people, the artist focused on the use and abuse of, and distribution of water. For this body of work, the artist walked along the natural streams crisscrossing throughout Johannesburg. In the process she interacted with the individuals and communities who were there in one way or another. She listened to their stories and photographed them and their surroundings. These images find form through engravings of portraits on discarded doors, stencils on found-maps, woodblocks (and prints) made from old scaffolding planks, amongst other mediums. Through recycling discarded doors from regenerated buildings in Johannesburg, Coetzee aims to urge viewers to rethink how mankind will live with limited natural resources well into the future. She sees even contaminated water as a resource which can be purified. Coetzee’s artworks become a vehicle outside and inside the gallery to expand this conversation around the de-romanticization of the urban
landscape.

Watermense Catalogue


Leave a Reply

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition 2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition 2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition 2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition 2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition 2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition 2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition 2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition 2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition 2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition 2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition 2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition 2016 Watermense/Waterpeople Exhibition