Adele Potgieter

Artist Statement, November 2020

I have a strong affinity for pattern, sentimental objects, botanical specimens, insects, birdlife and found items such as interesting seed pods, feathers and sculls. Still life painting is the genre where my ideas and findings enjoy full expression. For me there is poetry in exploring how objects relate and create interesting visual connections when placed in proximity to each other. My camera is an important tool in this process and, over time, I’ve accumulated a library of digital photographs. With the aid of digital tools and collage, I’m able to generate endless new compositions.

In the past my works were more traditional in the sense that I tried to render a complete three-dimensional space. A few years ago, I started using flat lay photography and Trompe-l’oeil style compositions, thereby creating a more contemporary feel in my work.

My current body of work is focused on the mirroring of my digital collages. I had been pondering the process for quite some time, but the feelings of impending chaos and uncertainty brought about by the pandemic prompted me into action. In the new works there is a strong reference to Rorschach cards, which are traditionally used by psychiatrists to determine the underlying psychological state of a patient. My aim was to reverse its often grim associations, where the mirrored image becomes a manifestation of all the things I yearn for: hope, focus, growth, healing, and grace.

The final works executed in oil on canvas act as little tributes to life, renewal, growth and abundance.

Adele Potgieter
Ignoring the big picture
2021
Oil on canvas
40x40cm
R4500
Impressions of summer ix 2018
Mixed media on paper
23x40cm
R3100
Sold
Something I saw in Singapore
(after Chua Mia Tee)
2021
Oil on canvas
40x40cm
R4500
Finding focus iii
2020
Oil on canvas
30x30cm
R3500
Still life with lemons
2016
Oil on canvas
30x30cm
R3500
Sold
Study of hope iv
2020
Oil on canvas
40x40cm
R4500
Study of hope iv
2020
Oil on canvas
40x40cm
R4500
  Becoming light
2018
Oil on canvas
 40x40cm
R4000
Fynbos
2014/2018
Oil on wood
30x30cm
R4500