Living in Process - Chelsea Gallery 2002 / by Natasja De Wet

Living in Process - Solo Exhibition at the Chelsea Gallery in 2002

A summary of the opening speech by Judy Moolenschot

What is Art?

THE UNIQUE MANIFESTATION OF SOME ESSENTIAL CREATIVE URGE WHICH REQUIRES INSIGHT, SKILL AND MANY METAPHYSICAL QUALITIES.

But this is such a complex matter that I shall speak rather about the process of making art and naturally this, on this occasion, is about this particular artist - Natasja de Wet:

TALENT

DEDICATION & OBSESSION

OBSERVATION OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD

PERCEPTION OF THE INNER WORLD

MOMENTS OF INSPIRATION

MANIPULATION OF THE MEDIA (WHICH WE CALL SKILL)

TRANSFORMATION OF THE IMAGES

SEDUCTION OF THE SENSES WHICH SATISFIES THE SPIRIT

COMMUNICATION OF SOME INTANGIBLE TRUTH WHICH STIMULATES THE MINDS

ON TOP OF THAT THE ARTIST NEEDS TO PRODUCE FROM DEEP WITHIN SOME INFINITELY SPECIAL SPARK; WHICH IS TOTALLY SINCERE.

If all of these come together one has a good chance of finding a masterful artwork. Natasja has done that not once but often and I congratulate her and wish her a successful exhibition.

"I am a process. Life is a process. Alterations are part of the process. We have set up our lives based on a static notion of the universe. We have believed that once fixed things should stay fixed, whether they be our houses, our jobs, or ourselves. In trying to make ourselves and our universe static, we have set ourselves up for intense moments of frustration and failure. Our attempts to control the normal processes of life have taken their toll on ourselves and those around us." - Anne Wilson Schaef