StateoftheART is thrilled to go behind the scenes with Durban artist Grace Kotze
and bring you this insight into her life and creative process.
We visited Grace in her home and studio in Durban, and she introduced us to the friendly troop of monkeys who visit her nearby park. Watch the film below to see this natural oasis in the city, an assortment of 'Artist Treasures' lining Grace's shelves, and a peek at her new paintings for her upcoming solo exhibition, Wonderland.
My painting process is about processing my physical and emotional environment in a way in which the paintings are able to hold an emotional state. In order to create this my works have to be authentic to my emotions and the images able to have the ability to create the right visual hook.
At present I am fascinated with the manner in which the natural world creeps into our homes and urban surrounds. Fauna and fauna persist in the most uninhabitable looking places, plants taking root in a crack in the tar, security wire forms perches, robots forming nesting platforms etc. Nature’s presence is further enforced in our visual lives through its persistent presence in advertising, design, fine art, music and fashion.
A lot of my current work is an exploration into these visually rich, varied and exciting themes. There is just so much fodder its invigorating.