Sunday, 30 August 2015

Janet Botes - talented and versatile visual artist

Janet Botes is a visual artist who expresses herself through land art, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, digital art and assemblage. She has participated in numerous workshops, exhibitions and initiatives, including the HumanEarth exhibition series, the former GYA (Green Your Art) initiative, the Green Art exhibition at the Green Expo, and performing her piece SAND(SPOOR] at the Arts Lounge during the National Arts Festival 2012. In 2013 she was one of the invited artists for the Site_Specific Land Art Biennale held in Plettenberg Bay, and she has completed an artwork for one of Cape Town's MyCiti BRT bus stations.

In June 2014 Janet had her debut solo exhibition entitled WILD & STILL: expressions of the landscape in Cape Town. She has donated artworks to auctions and initiatives aimed at raising funds for environmental conservation. Currently Janet is working on a body of work entitled ‘ORGANISM'. She is involved in monthly land art gatherings in and around Cape Town and is working on a future publication 'Veldboek'.  What brought such a busy artist to the Snake Eagle Thinking Path project?

“I have several reasons for volunteering on this project. First and foremost is my love for the Karoo and my belief that art can unite us as people, and with the land and environment that sustains us. Art is also an ideal way to raise awareness and express our stance as citizens against processes like hydraulic fracturing, which I consider to pose too many risks to the environment and the people dependant thereon - especially in such an ecologically sensitive and water-scarce area.

“I think the geoglyph is also a wonderful celebration of the endangered Snake Eagle, and I believe that every person who walks the path will further strengthen the imperceptible energy forces that will help to protect this beautiful bird of prey.”

 Janet in the ‘mymertent’

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