The Slow Disintegration of Sanity

 

Insight into the series by the artist –

“This new work is inspired by the world we live in today. A world vastly different to the one I knew as a child. A world where instant gratification is the order of the day and everything seems accelerated, impermanent and often meaningless. It feels chaotic and I find myself strongly influenced by this.

 

To reflect this current state of being, I chose simple newsprint and work with spray paint, charcoal, pencils, turpentine and acrylics. All of these materials can dry within minutes, which allows me the opportunity to change images at the drop of a hat. It also allows me too work fast.

I don’t think, I just do. At the end of each day I’ll review the work I’ve done. Some pieces survive, while others get happily discarded. Nothing here is permanent or precious. Everything is disposable.

 

These are visceral portraits inspired by either a world, or an artist gone mad.”

TSDOS #34

TSDOS #34

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 700mm x 500mm | 2016 Currently on show at Absolut Art

TSDOS #29

TSDOS #29

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 700mm x 500mm | 2016 Currently on show at Absolut Art

TSDOS #33

TSDOS #33

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 700mm x 500mm | 2016 Currently on show at Absolut Art

TSDOS #32

TSDOS #32

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 700mm x 500mm | 2016 Currently on show at Smudge Contemporary

TSDOS #31

TSDOS #31

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2016 | 700mm x 500mm Unframed

TSDOS #30

TSDOS #30

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2016 | 700mm x 500mm Unframed

TSDOS #27

TSDOS #27

Mixed media on newsprint 2015 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed

TSDOS #28

TSDOS #28

Mixed media on newsprint 2015 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed

TSDOS #1

TSDOS #1

Mixed media on newsprint 2014 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed

TSDOS #6

TSDOS #6

Mixed media on newsprint 2014 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed

TSDOS #15

TSDOS #15

Mixed media on newsprint 2014 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed

TSDOS #5

TSDOS #5

Mixed media on newsprint 2014 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed

TSDOS #9

TSDOS #9

Mixed media on newsprint 2014 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed

TSDOS #7

TSDOS #7

Mixed media on newsprint 2014 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed

TSDOS #13

TSDOS #13

Mixed media on newsprint 2014 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed

TSDOS #18

TSDOS #18

Mixed media on newsprint 2014 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed

TSDOS #19

TSDOS #19

Mixed media on newsprint 2014 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed

All content © Copyright 2005 Schalk van der Merwe

TSDOS #9

Mixed media on newsprint 2014 | 900mm x 600mm Unframed