Wild Coast local Stephanie Bester, 63, will be launching her bronze figurative sculptures and oil paintings at the Decorex Joburg exhibition from August 8 today.
The event will take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.
Bester said she was is an artist who mainly created sculptures by examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations.
“I approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, and involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical,” Bester said.
“My sculptures directly respond to the surrounding environment.
“Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context.
“With a conceptual approach, my work references post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the post-modern and the left-wing democratic movement as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system.”
Bester said her work demonstrated how life extended beyond its own subjective limits and often told a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century.
“It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between ‘self’ and ‘other’, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilised’ selves.
“By demonstratingIt also demonstrates the omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world’,” the sculptor said.
She indicated that In her works, Bester said she tried to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that developed through different interpretations. “My work never shows the complete structure,” she said.
“This results in the fact that I can easily imagine my own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality.” concluded Bester.