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.
Durban-based artist Heidi Shedlock worked in education for many years before deciding to focus on her art. Thanks to her teaching background, Heidi is familiar with a wide variety of painting techniques and applications and that knowledge, along with her passion for experimentation, informs much of her work.
Through her work, Heidi seeks beauty, and her love of colour and design is apparent in her floral series. Her work is inspired by the natural world, and her paintings of flowers play with colour, shape, texture and pattern. She describes flowers as her ‘natural muse’, and she hopes to evoke an emotional connection through her pieces. Many of her artworks include textures inspired by stitched patterns and textures from her grandmother’s tablecloths — a reflection of her love of storytelling and history.
Heidi’s work can be found at StateoftheART Gallery in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town. Visit www.stateoftheart-gallery.com for more information.