Melancholia / by Natasja De Wet

In my work, the layering of recycled paintings, found canvasses and offcuts transforms a seemingly two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional form or painting. Layering not only occupies physical space but also ‘fills emotional gaps’ to add conceptual meaning to the work. Hidden layers appear and reveal themselves in between other layers. This intuitive process of layering reveals a secretive space of ‘hiding’ in between the layers; it challenges the viewer to look and find deeper meaning, and thereby relates to the mysterious, deep nature of the temperament.

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