Where You Stand

1 - 29 June

exhibition essay

The works in Where You Stand represent the landscape as I see it now. Filtered, processed, controlled, interfered with, yet still beautiful.

As an artist dealing with landscape, this body of work represents a shift in my practice towards embracing the softer material of plywood with more focus on surface and volume, somewhat away from a sustained exploration of line, plane, and the play of light across my sculptures. These solid forms made from plywood, my Construction Timber Mountains, are very ‘present’ and opaque, as opposed to being airy, light and seemingly ephemeral, as my steel and acrylic work has previously striven to be.

As a formalist sculptor I notice a shift from primarily modelling and assembling to ‘carving’. The reality of not being able to ‘undo’ the action, the making of the plywood mountains, makes sense to me in relation to the ideas driving the work.

Kirsteen Pieterse, 2019 

The works in Where You Stand represent the landscape as I see it now. Filtered, processed, controlled, interfered with, yet still beautiful.

As an artist dealing with landscape, this body of work represents a shift in my practice towards embracing the softer material of plywood with more focus on surface and volume, somewhat away from a sustained exploration of line, plane, and the play of light across my sculptures. These solid forms made from plywood, my Construction Timber Mountains, are very ‘present’ and opaque, as opposed to being airy, light and seemingly ephemeral, as my steel and acrylic work has previously striven to be.

As a formalist sculptor I notice a shift from primarily modelling and assembling to ‘carving’. The reality of not being able to ‘undo’ the action, the making of the plywood mountains, makes sense to me in relation to the ideas driving the work.

Kirsteen Pieterse, 2019