GAWIE_JOUBERT

Benediction of Shade

Joburg is renowned as the largest man-made forest in the world. The city's construction engages with delicate contradictions and juxtapositions that lend itself to a quiet exploration of the rigidity of man made structure with the intertwining of organic spaces. The contradiction between the hard lines and materials of the city clashing with the softness and natural lines of the forest creates the potential to start questioning the concept of "naturalness". In these untitled works I explore the placing of natural objects like twigs and branches in a more constructed and controlled way creating abstract growth patterns that call into question what is organic and natural, and its necessity, in our contained, technological, man made existence.