Website of South African Artists
Natasja de Wet received an award for ‘Work on paper’ at Florence Biennale 2009
EXCAVATING SOLID COURAGE - 2009
De Wet undertook this investigation through a process comprised of four stages:
The poem that served as the starting point of this process reads as follows:
I am excavating solid courage,
Pushing in the direction of clarity.
I am contemplating,
Unfolding the balance,
Containing nurturing love,
Translating this poem into dance provided a tool by which to explore concepts of moving and unfolding, concealing and revealing. The use of gauze in both the performance of the dance and the final artworks speaks of vulnerability, healing, protection, and the extraction of courage from within. Similarly, the act of weaving that was involved in the construction of some works is evocative of that which is containing, nurturing, and unifying.
Through this process-based, mixed media approach to art making, De Wet encourages an excavation and contemplation of the inner workings of the self.