Thelma van Rensburg

Beneath the social mask we wear every day, we have a hidden shadow side: an impulsive, wounded, sad, or isolated part that we generally try to ignore (or hide). The Shadow can be a source of emotional richness and vitality, and acknowledging it can be a pathway to healing and an authentic life. – C. Zweig & S. Wolf The artworks represents figurative work created from original ink paintings which were layered in multiple layers to create distortion and chaotic line work. The outlines of the figures become distorted and creates a sense of instability and also violence. In addition a single identifiable face was layered onto each figure giving the impression that these are not multiple individuals but rather multiple fragments of the same person. The identity of the subject is confused which expresses the psychological confusion and distress a victim of psychological abuse in childhood suffers.

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