Philanie Jooste

These figurative studies explore fractured childhoods, family violence, mental illness, addiction and premature death through the photo albums of a deceased godmother. The fleeting, carefree moments of childhood stand in stark contrast to a medium, bitumen, that is fairly permanent and known for its waterproofing and adhesive properties. Although the undercurrents of growing up in a violent family tormented by addiction and mental illness are not visible on the surface, like bitumen, the damage leaves a permanent mark.

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