Liza Grobler’s paintings spill over with runaway scribbles and vigorous mark-making, their composition evoking morphing landscapes - perhaps echoing the artist’s own relocation from urban to rural - and the immediacy of their energetic brushstrokes and dribbles of paint harking back to Abstract Expressionism.
In Grobler’s words, “These landscapes are directly related to my recent body of work, Disobedient Landscapes, but the works point - at least in spirit - to the very tactile textures of the Klein Karoo.*
The most valuable lesson I have learnt from the Covid landscape is: 'the only constant is change'. And as I have always been preoccupied with the route, rather than the destination, the uncertainty of the present has brought about a heightened sense of awareness of our actions and environments. It is this quality that I wish to capture - momentous fractions of the present. We became aware of the temporal nature of all our 'securities' and in a sense this is liberating!
The work is also a final curtsy from my urban studio. For the past 20 years, the suburb of Woodstock, Cape Town has been my base camp. In May 2021, my family and I relocated to Oudtshoorn, the capitol of the Klein Karoo. It seems that the emotional shifts in our environment necessitated a physical shift too. This work marks the start of that journey.”
* The Klein Karoo is a semi-desert natural region of South Africa -the southern sibling of the larger Karoo - the Great or Groot Karoo.
Image credit: Dan Weill Photography / Artist portrait: Frans Smit
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