KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees)
Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
29 March – 4 April 2018
My work Green fire was produced for the Vuurdans as a main exhibition at the KKNK, of which I was the invited curator. In this work I depict my personal interpretation of the devastation brought by the Great Fire of June 2017 in the Garden Route, Western Cape. I lost my entire home and its contents in the fire. The title of Green fire refers to the hybridisation of the green pastural environment and its consumption and destruction by the raging fire. I attempted to produce an image of liquidity and literally everything taken from being a solid state to a liquid or ashen state, and by so doing I also comment on the fragility of life. A liminal mix of utopian green and dystopian grey/brown has been conceptually used in the mixed media paint application. mixed media paint application. I deliberately deconstructed landscape painting into a gestural idiom whereby the horizon line and recognisable form disintegrate into expressive abstraction. This was a deliberate choice in order to attempt to express the horror and trauma of the incident.
Elfriede Dreyer, Green fire, 2018. Mixed media on canvas, 1210 x 1830mm