A Hard Place is an accumulation of a year’s work of exploring and documenting the scratchings, words and dirty graffiti left by individuals in local places. The words written by people who shouldn’t be there but tell the world they are there, and they are here, and they exist, and they have thoughts, and they want to tell you or anyone, something. I am interested in how those things stack up over time and become a palimpsest of mark and colour. Moreso, I am interested in how these things interact with the environment and my own lived experience.
These pieces were first exhibited at the Association for Visual Arts Gallery in Cape Town as part of the small group show “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” (August/September 2022). They were also exhibited at Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair in London (November 2022). At the Fair, “Marginalised narratives” was selected by Marek Claassen as a top collector’s pick. The screen print piece “No promises” has recently been acquired by the Art Bank of South Africa, tasked with curating a definitive collection of contemporary South African visual art.