Jane Solomon

Positive Power Fabric (Fabric, Size variable)

Positive Power Fabric (Fabric, Size variable)

Artist's Statement

Metres of Positive Power Fabric exhibit the repeat pattern of many, many viruses. There are approximately 5.6 million people living with HIV in South Africa. Some of these people are on anti-retroviral treatment and are able to live free, positive lives. The Positive Power textile celebrates this. The starting point and motif for this print is the HI virus. The ‘flowers’ that make up the pattern have been created by collaging elements from a variety of medical diagrams of the virus. The HIV images have intentionally been used to create a decorative design. When looking at the print without knowing the content, a viewer may be heard to express: “What a wonderful design - I love it.” It is then difficult for the same viewer to express distaste (when reading or hearing that the image is the HI virus) without observing their own prejudice towards HIV.

Artist's Biography

Born: Cape Town, 1963. Lives and works in Cape Town. Received her Diploma in Graphic Design from the University of Cape Town. Major exhibitions: Timeless and What Now, Lisbon; South, Cape Town; Category Error, Johannesburg.