|—||This month, the Uncommon Materials to draw or paint with group welcomes |
THELMA VAN RENSBURG
as the contributor of our monthly How-To:
Painting with food colouring
South African artist Thelma Van Rensburg paints witches, priestesses, dismembered female figures, fashion themes and nude women personifying a very unconventional ideal of beauty. She paints these themes with intense food colouring. This is not only an esthetic choice but also a symbolic act: as the artist says, this uncommon material “refers to traditional views of women as homemaker and caretaker”! Learn more about the philosophy behind these artworks!
I am interested in the female form and the objectification and dismemberment of women. I try to make sense of this dismemberment by the very act of dismembering. I am subverting the traditional role of men, not taking control of the body myself and fragmenting and dismembering it – more often than not, the artworks manifest themselves through the female gaze. Through this process I create my own phantasmagoric world of women.
Thelma Van Rensburg
|The witche’s cross |
In case you have missed our other how-tos:
- December 2011 How-To: Angela L Walker – Painting with wax
- January 2012 How-To: Dianne Ilka – Painting with coffee
- February 2012 How-To: Midori Furze – Painting with make-up products
- March 2012 How-To: Thelma Van Rensburg – Painting with food colouring
In the next months, we will be publishing how-tos about “Painting with edible and drinkable mixed-media” and “Painting with rust”!