I have many questions about the future of our suburban landscapes. When all is in flux how do we know what to value? How do we understand the complexities of our ecology, our role in the habitats of species or the potential of weeds in the present and future?
Pavements, gardens, wasteland, wetland – habitats for a vast web and variety of life. The flow of energy, the ebb of species, the fragility of balance.
The wilder places are complicated by anxiety unless you pay for the privilege of safety. Public land is sold off for development or fenced for profit and what remains in the commons is polluted, degraded and often dangerous. Wilderness is available only to the privileged, the brave and the marginalised. In our suburban unease we are either walled in or fenced out.
My art is both a meditation and a conduit for anxiety in challenging times.
I was born in Johannesburg in the sixties and grew up on a smallholding in what was then the village of Bedfordview.
I studied horticulture, and for most of my working life ran a small landscaping business in and around Johannesburg.
As a gardener I was concerned with imposing a contrived order on the environment. As an artist my focus has shifted; I am fascinated by weeds, wasteland and wild margins. I live in the suburbs, not far from where I grew up, with my husband and teenage daughter.
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