Solo exhibition at the gallery Commune.1, Cape Town, 2015
It is a decade since I had my last solo show in Germany but my concerns remain the same.
My current body of work titled DShK – the acronym for “Degtyaryova-Shpagina Krupnokaliberny”, the name of a Russian heavy machine gun invented in the 1930’s, is made up of eleven larger than life size polychrome sculptures, perfectly finished in retro pastel shades. DShK is a personal response by me to two internal forces. The reworking of older, unresolved work, and a culmination of my enhanced technical skills.
My sculptures suggested a continuum between the victim and perpetrator. For me, the process always begins with personal experience, but develops into the broader context of the social and political. The sculptures are both inviting and challenging. The initial charm of their comic book references and their friendly pastel colours is then informed by the profound nature of the psychic damage and the impotence they suggest.