He explains: ‘I have long been fascinated by English sculptor Henry Moore’s series of artworks drawn from his observations of an elephant skull. A biologist gave the skull to Moore after a visit to Africa in the 1960’s. Moore was fascinated by the complex form and it became his favourite natural object. Recently I had the opportunity to study the series first-hand at the Tate Britain in London and now wish to rethink the material encounter with the elephant skull by producing a new series of artworks in different media (including video; photography; printmaking and drawing).’
For the etchings/ printing project four large-scale etchings of approximately 2m x 1m will be produced in collaboration with some of South Africa’s most prominent artists (Willem Boshoff; David Koloane and Diane Victor). According to the Artist’s Proof studios, this may well be the largest project of its kind ever in South Africa.
Photos will be posted on Twitter as the project evolves @JohanThom