BEAST IN MIND

18.01 – 11.02.2012

A solo exhibition by Elise Wessels

Beast in mind is an intuitive visual interpretation of the Shadow archetype, as defined by C.G. Jung. While it is proposed that the Shadow may be partially linked to primordial and irrational animal instincts, it is also considered to be the seat of creativity. This concept became the departure point for a series of works by Elise Wessels, which were inspired by South African creatives in whose lives and work the Shadow played a significant role. The use of hybridity is intended to simulate a visual – or even an actual – conversation between the psyche and animal archetypes. With Beast in mind the artist hopes to offer the viewer a key to understanding the intuitive language of the Shadow.

Elise Wessels works as an Illustrator in Cape Town. After spending two and a half years at the Am I Collective studio she now works independently. She completed her Visual Arts Honours degree through the University of South Africa.

MEDIUM: Print, Etching, Light boxes, Works on paper.

Artworks:

Elise Wessels

Elise Wessels is a Cape Town based artist inspired by the possibilities of fine line work and its application in the world of illustration. After spending two and a half years at the Am I Collective studio she now works independently. Her work was included in the finalist selection of ABSA L’Atelier 2008, and she has participated over the last three years in group shows with Am I Collective and Salon 91, including ‘Spookasem’ (January 2010) and ‘If you let yourself love a wild thing’ (December 2011). She completed her Visual Arts Honours degree through the University of South Africa.

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