Traces of Presence
Description of artwork
The work comprises five wet square cement tiles placed around key places in the City of Tshwane, e.g. Danville, the Union Buildings, Waterkloof, outside of a gym, Hatfield, etc. The pieces are then collected after a few days, with any traces left by the environment and the people in those locations captured in the wet cement. The work will be placed on the floor as tiles. The square or cube shape references the shaped of the Holy of Holies in the ancient Jewish temple, lending the work a sacramental quality. The work is partly inspired by the names, footprints and other traces left in the wet cement on sidewalks around the city. It plays on the relationship and tension between presence and absence and the traces people and environments leave on our world, our imagination, being and soul.
Does our environment form us, or are we subject to the presence of others in it? What result does our absence, or the traces of our presence have on others and us? Does the lack of presence, or presence unseen have as much influence?
We all live with loss, and loss is nothing more than the traces left on us by others and by environments left behind.