Sculpture & Artwork
Millie Wood Swanepoel is African and grew up on an isolated farm in Zimbabwe at a time when Africa was all that we image it to be. Since that time, the wildlife has diminished in numbers and Africa becomes more and more of a shell of what we envisage. This is the heart of her work.
This is not a sad tale, rather one of appreciation for the wildlife that has withdrawn, of observation of the boundary between human and animal. The scope of both these themes has become wider and no longer entirely African.
Appreciation of animals has often become loving humour that pursues the individuality, the character, the essence of animals, who use body language rather than words.
Throughout all this, it is the link between human and animal that is important; this link as a symptom of ourselves. The more diminished this link, the more blind we are to ourselves. Animals provide a context for our own interactions and behaviour. They remain a part of our lives though often unseen and not thought of.
Her abstract bag-like work is often mixed media with found objects e.g. horns, teeth, bones, wood, bark, metal is incorporated into the finished objects. The bag-like pieces are a statement about how humans are able to make pouches or containers from a variety of materials including animal skin. There is also a mystery of what a bag could contain. This is food for thought.
All pieces are handbuilt and most are fired to stoneware. Sometimes paperpulp or fibre glass is mixed into the slip and then fired.
Millie Wood Swanepoel MA(RCA) BA Hons(1st)
Artist and therapist !>
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More Information about future exhibitions is below or on the new website
I am at present working on a new body of artwork using found objects.
I will continue to explore the ceramic bag theme
My net exhibition will be in October in Stroud 2018
Watch this space!
If you are interested in buying any of the sculptures or artworks please click here to send me and email. Thanks Millie
Take a look on www.milliewoodswanepoelart.com
There will be a display of 9 fresh images every three months ranging form ceramics, painting, mixed media, collages, art made from found objects