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.
Thelma was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1969. She has a B.A Honours degree in Physical education from the University of Pretoria and a B.A Honours degree in Psychology from Unisa. In 2004 she decided to study art full time and received her B.Tech degree in Fine Arts at Tshwane University of Technology in 2007. She completed a further Honours degree in Fine arts at the University of Pretoria in 2013 and completed a Masters of Arts degree in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria in 2016. She completed three artist residencies through Transart Institute for creative practice in Berlin and Mexico between 2015 and 2018.
Since graduating, she has participated in nine solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions throughout South Africa. Her work has featured in prestigious competitions such as Sasol New Signatures, Thami Mnyele Fine Arts awards and the Sanlam Vuleka Arts competition.
Web site: http://thelmav.myportfolio.com/