EXHIBITION ARTISTS

Karen Suskin

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Where is the Mediator in This Process? (Felt, Nguni hide, riempie and vermiculite 40 x 230 x 40 cm)

Where is the Mediator in This Process? (Felt, Nguni hide, riempie and vermiculite 40 x 230 x 40 cm)

Artist's Statement

The concept, ‘indwelling idea’, is embodied in material and non-material form. It lives both inside the skin and outside the skin, in the organic and inorganic, individually and collectively. In planning an overnight trip to observe the Nguni herd at Spier, a felted sleeping bag, cave, cocoon, womb or vessel was conceived. For the duration of two days and one night, I undertook to suspend all preconception and assumption. I found myself hovering, between polarities of light and dark, heaven and earth, sleep and wakefulness, life and death, the visible and invisible, known and unknown. The sediment of this ’indwelling idea’ generated an emergent question: Is the cow in Africa, as intermediary between life and spirit, also believed to precipitate cosmic intelligence in her cosmos, for the fecundity of the earth? Can the cow additionally be perceived as an evocative metaphor for yielding ‘pure thinking’ and ethical deeds for social renewal on this African soil?

Artist's Biography

Born: Durban. Lives and works in Noordhoek. Studied Graphic Design at the Pretoria Technikon. Major exhibition: FNB National Craft Exhibition; Department of Trade and Industries National Craft Exhibition. Awards and scholarships: Winner of the Sasol New Signatures Competition.