Finding order in chaos

Lynne Gadd–Claxton

AFTER years of “yearning” to put brush to canvas, Kathy Botha followed her dream and the result is the opening of her very first solo exhibition next week.

Botha’s exhibition, Emergence, which features paintings in acrylic, oils and mixed media drawings is based on her view that nature pervades all spheres of life.

The artwork on display is a collection of Botha’s experiences and thoughts during the past five years with the bulk of her work being produced in the last year.

Botha has always had a flair for art. She studied dress design and pattern cutting and ran a successful business as a designer and personal stylist to Port Elizabeth clientele for over 20 years.

Her desire to pursue fine art led Botha to retire as a designer.

“After 25 years the yearning to paint became so strong that I decided to retire and study fine art first at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2006 and then for a while as a private student of local artist and academic Dr Gregory Kerr,” Botha said.

“My love of design and colour changed direction and I find my creative expression in painting and drawing.

“We lose our sense of connectedness with our natural surroundings as we are distracted by the mundane, the banal and mindless repetition of everyday concerns,” Botha said.

Emergence is influenced by this desire to reconnect with nature.

“I believe that in nature, order pervades throughout seeming chaos.

“It is said by some people that the framework of reality is the random product of a natural process – meaningless and undirected. The world appears to them as a place of confusion and chaos.

“Nature is governed by a single creative force, evidenced by natural laws such as symmetry, patterns, proportions as well as numerical systems and geometric relationships.”

Botha’s artwork explores these principles as they appear in the natural elements.

“My work is directly influenced by my experience and perception of the world around me. I seek to explore these elements as clues to a deeper understanding of the universal principles that govern our lives,” she said.

Botha’s solo exhibition will be opening at ArtEC Gallery, 36 Bird Street in Central, Port Elizabeth next Monday October 8 at 5.30pm for 6pm. It runs until October 20.

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