With their distinct use of pattern, light and shape, the local artists featured in our Winter 2019 issue create work that asks us to pause and really take in what they have to say. Drawing inspiration from elements like South Africa’s diverse cultural influences, its natural beauty and striking landscapes, each of these three artists tell a story in their own inimitable style.
Jo Roets is a painter, sculptor and mould maker. Now based in Cape Town, Jo obtained a diploma in Art Direction for Film and Television, as well as an advanced diploma in Motion Picture Production Design before working in the film industry for several years. She then went on to lecture painting, prosthetics, special effects, props fabrication, sculpting, mould-making and casting at CityVarsity. In 2017, she embarked on her journey as a full-time artist.
Inspired by her own life experiences and a sense of shared humanity, Jo’s delicate, light relief sculptural work explores patterns and shapes derived from various South African cultures. Her pieces include symbolic patterns inspired by a broad range of influences, from Islamic prayer mats and Ndebele paintings to Zulu beer pots and her own Afrikaans grandmother’s crocheted doilies. She is fascinated with sacred geometry as a means of spiritual expression and incorporates patterns into her clay work with the use of some unusual sculpting tools, such as toothpicks and needles.
Jo’s work can be found at StateoftheART Gallery in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town. Visit www.stateoftheart-gallery.com for more information.