The Uncommon Materials March 2012 How-To: Thelma Van Rensburg - Painting with food colouring

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

High Priestess
by Thelma
Van Rensburg
Uteras
by Thelma
Van Rensburg
Little Girl
by Thelma
Van Rensburg
The witche’s cross
by Thelma
Van Rensburg

In case you have missed our other how-tos:

In the next months, we will be publishing how-tos about “Painting with edible and drinkable mixed-media” and “Painting with rust”!

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