My watercolour paintings investigate the notion of animism and wildness within a contemporary framework and have been influenced from my experience living in Zimbabwe. The concept of animism, within a philosophical and artistic context, suggests a re-orientation that includes wildness as a means to explore the boundaries of form, colour and movement which question the dialectical binds that have trapped, in duality, hunter/hunted, human/animal, animate/inanimate and subject/object.

 

Present in most of the works are vibrant colours, wild animals and a sense of movement. Water and the history of pigments, as a medium, is a key concept which examines a relationship between controlled motion and uncontrolled action that breaks away from the dogmas of representation which may be attached to structures of power and overwhelming authority. 

The shifting of forms and mergence of hues speak to the desire to formulate a more moral becoming, a turn away from the cartesian modes of self and toward onto-ecologies that recognise life beyond what counts as human. 

 

Together, liveliness and wildness dance in a struggle for the freedom to be, a process that queries structures of supremacy and influence which lay bare injustices and hypocrisies while maintaining an amused attachment to the myths through which identity—individual and rationale —are constructed.