Marius van Niekerk
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel, chalk on canvas, unframed.
“Birth 2” is the centre piece of a Triptych “Birth”, inspired the making of documentary film and multi-media installation “Bleeding Flowers” that explores the lives of four sexually violated young women and the doctor that heals them, the 2018 Nobel Piece Prize Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege in Congo DRC and their journey toward understanding, sanity, healing and atonement.
Composition of abstract-expressionism driven, vivid, action painted, suggest the burden of violence, a search toward balance in the strain of paint on untreated canvas, in bright pallet of sometimes runny, distorted forms and colours layered, thickened with chalk, scraped and cut resembling the weight of patriarchy & machismo carried by damaged female bodies, contrasted with sometimes straight, juxtaposing more harmonious forms and colours, reinforced by strong image-message and misplace energy.
van Niekerk is a South African/Swedish painter, filmmaker and activist residing in Portugal, driven by the existential therapeutic necessity of the demons of his past growing up during the 70-90's apartheid conflicts in Southern Africa, where he worked as an anti-war activist and war-resister that later led to political exile in Europa, Scandinavia.
His work often inspired by childhood and war experience, centres around a central theme "human dilemma/human stain”.
Strained compositions of abstract-expressionistic and figurative images driven vividly, suggest the burden of violence, a search for identity and initiation, the strain of paint on untreated canvas and raw paper, in a bright pallet of runny, distorted forms and colours layered, contrasted with straight, more harmonious forms and colours, reinforced by a powerful image-message and misplaced energy.
van Niekerk uses his films and photographs to drive further video-images in darkroom projections, in combination with supporting painting and sound, isolated, binding close-up-feeling-seeing-experience”…
"We, as artists must, a mirror to society, have a responsibility, in all we do, to constantly work against oppression, discrimination and conflict."
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Acrylic on Canvas