Mariëtte Kotzé: Drift apart in air
Size: 75cm x 60cm
Medium: Mixed media of ink wash movement on Yupo, digitally captured & printed on archival quality paper
*White frame included
"The themes of my work are determined by the unpremeditated result. When I started out using this technique it was mainly about the process and experimenting. Currently, looking at the works created after 5 years, all abstract in definition, I can divide them into categories, differentiating between abstract objects, a landscape looking spaces, earth textures, and colorful compositions that resemble a mood or song.
My scanogram paintings are created through the combination of ink and water puddling, adding solvents to extend and retard the ink’s natural tendency to bloom and creep, and also changing its colour. The results are captured using a Dual-lens scanner system, acting as a macro lens and paint surface simultaneously.
Focusing on the activity of the artistic process, I create my internal landscapes through digitizing ink wash movements with a macro lens. My work questions photography by capturing images that can never be created again.
I draw inspiration from Wassily Kandinsky’s writings regarding the spiritual in art, which influenced the work of the Abstract expressionists, as well as Japanese Zen calligraphy, which focuses on the meditative process of art-making and the expression of the subconscious mind.
Through my work, I aim to focus attention on Time as an ephemeral concept, by allowing the viewer to appreciate the transient moment in full by looking closer. I then shift the focus towards the beauty of accumulated time, where the creative journey and process becomes more important than the end product." Mariëtte Kotzé
Mariëtte Kotzé is a Cape Town-based artist interested in ink-wash painting and alternative photography. After matriculating from Overberg High (Caledon) she qualified with a Btech degree in Interior Design and a diploma in Fine Art from Ruth Prowse School of Art in 2015.
The focus of her work is on the ephemeral concept of Time: a transient moment is captured on the paper or lens surface, where ink and various translucent fluids are intermixed. The results of these reactions are then digitally captured, recording the movement of the pigmented molecules breaking up, each with its distinct character. Mariëtte Kotzé's work questions photography by capturing images that can never be created again while exploring process and repetition as meditative instruments in art-making.