Mary-Jane Morris, Restless (2019).  R2000.00

Mary-Jane Morris, Restless (2019). Acrylic on canvas, 300 x 300 mm. Provenance: Obtained from the artist.


Mary-Jane Morris, Restless (2019). R2000.00


    Finding Water, 2020



    "Yes, you are in this water, and the water is in you" - Credo Mutwa.

    Does humankind see itself as part of nature or as separate, perhaps even superior to nature?  Having worked in the environmental field for over 30 years, this question frequently occupies my thoughts.  The consequences of a relationship based on dominion over nature are evident all around us. Exploring the connectedness between humankind and nature is central to my artistic practice.  In this body of work I explore connections between water and weather. Water flows and moves from the oceans, to the sky, to rivers and to the ground – all of which happens through natural processes. Although these processes can be explained scientifically – to me they are pure magic. Our bodies are made up of mostly water - an absolute manifestation of our connection to nature. Finding water can be seen as a metaphor for finding within ourselves the deep-seated need for connection to nature and for the reintegration of humanity into the community of life.     



    Mary-Jane Morris has practiced as an environmental scientist for around 30 years and has been painting seriously since 1996.  Having moved from Cape Town in 2014, she now lives and works on a farm outside Sedgefield. She has developed her art practice through self-study together with regular classes and workshops., both locally and internationally. Given her environmental background, Mary-Jane’s art is concerned with the human/nature interface. She has participated in several group exhibitions both whilst living in Cape Town and since moving to the Garden Route. Her work can be found in private collections in South Africa, the U.K and U.S.A.