Jo Roets





Born in Mooreesburg in 1979 and currently lives in Cape Town.
I call my artworks ‘light relief”. It is
 Created from an air-drying clay medium which
is rolled out until paper thin to create a delicate
 bass relief sculptures. Using unusual
sculpting tools such as toothpicks and needles, the
in  damp surface of the clay is scored with indents, holes and incisions. The clay medium is manipulated to be as thin as possible, pushing it to its breaking point and encouraging it to warp in the process. This warping quality is unique to the each artwork and unplanned.
In the initial stages of conceptualizing a body of work for Inner Eden my thoughts moved towards the literal ‘Eden’, depicting plant life and foliage. Mainly using the patterns found in the leaves and veins of plants as inspiration. While going down the research rabbit hole, the concept organically moved into something else. It flowed to the inner parts of nature. The fascinating microscopic worlds and inner workings that are less seen than the obvious outer which we observe with ease on a daily basis.
This change in direction towards the microscopic was uncanny as it runs parallel to my own thoughts of Inner Eden.  An unseen place.  A place of mystery and magic, a place of solitude and escape, and a place that can be rather abstract in thought.  The feeling was that I was going ‘inside’ to find my own Inner Eden by searching for it on a microscopic level.
And so it all began…
The concept as a whole became clearer and clearer with each passing day and in the middle of the night lying awake whilst thinking about it.  I allowed myself to drift away into the abyss of patterns, abstract shapes and the magical colours of the microscopic world. Exploring imagery of single-celled organisms, the inner parts of the eye, the patterns found in the human bone, respiratory system and the heart. Along with this I explored the fascinating shapes and colours of fungus, moss, lichen and lotus leaves. It became like a meditation on a cellular level and reminded me yet again how everything is connected.
Currently showing at:
StateoftheART Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Galeria Begbie & Coll, Palma de Malorca, Spain
Saronsberg Kunsteater, Tulbagh, South Africa
The Artling, Singapore (online only)
 
Current & Scheduled Exhibitions:
Salon Style Group Exhibition – Nel Gallery, Cape Town (3 Dec – 31 Jan 2021)
Inner Eden – MOK Gallery, Stellenbosch, (14 March 2021-13 May 2021)
Open Call Collection, The Lockdown Collection (TLC), Latitudes Online, March 2021
Imitation of Life, Lizamore & Associates, May-August 2021
 
‘ Nemesia ‘
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
33.5 x 36.5 x 5cm 
R 6 500
‘ Equanimity ‘
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
36.5 x 36.5 x 5cm 
R 6 500
‘ Interiorem ‘
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
36.5 x 36.5 x 5cm 
R 6 500
‘ Nelumbo ‘
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
36.5 x 36.5 x 5cm 
R 6 500
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‘ Coruscat ‘
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
36.5 x 36.5 x 5cm 
R 6 500
‘ Epoch ‘
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
36.5 x 36.5 x 5cm 
R 6 500
‘Somniferum’
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
36.5 x 36.5 x 5cm 
R 6 500
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‘Strange New Things’
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
36.5 x 36.5 x 5cm 
R 6 500
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‘Tantamount’
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
42.5 x 55.5 x 5cm 
R 12 500
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‘ The Protist ‘
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
36.5 x 36.5 x 5cm 
R 6 500
‘ Uvea ‘
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
36.5 x 36.5 x 5cm 
R 6 500
Sold
‘ Anima Mea ‘
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
42.5 x 55.5 x 5cm 
R 12 500
‘ Basidio ‘
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
42.5 x 55.5 x 5cm 
R 12 500
‘ Coniuncti ‘
Air-Drying Clay
Framed in Kiaat behind glass
42.5 x 55.5 x 5cm 
R 12 500