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.
From impressions of the Alberta tar sands to oil rigs, warfare to Wall Street and nostalgic park scenes, Tamsin Relly’s recent etchings explore the relationships between political and economic power structures, every day life and the exploitation of the planet.
Relly’s work reflects on this current time when contemporary global culture is becoming increasingly destabilized and unhinged. Unprecedented ecological devastation and heightened economic and social uncertainty demonstrate that a civilization driven by excessive consumption and greed is struggling to hold.
While drawing from her personal archive and the media, Relly embraces the unpredictable and accidental in printmaking, to present snapshots of urban and natural environments that hint at dissolve and degeneration, thus destabilizing conditioned perceptions of certainty, permanence and progress.
Tamsin Relly is a visual artist working in a variety of media; including paint, print, installation and social intervention. Practicing since 1999, Tamsin has exhibited widely and her work is included in private and corporate collections, locally and abroad, including VISA, Tokara and Hollard in South Africa. Born in Cape Town in 1981, Tamsin relocated to London in 2009 and completed her Masters In Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2011. Relly has participated in a number of exhibitions, including ‘If you let yourself love a wild thing’ a large-scale charity group show (December 2011) & ‘The Center Cannot Hold’ (January 2012) a solo exhibition, at Salon91 in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work was shortlisted for the 2011 Clifford Chance Award for Postgraduate Printmaking in London.