Ingrid Bolton | ARTIST PROFILE
ARTIST STATEMENT AND BIO
As single beings, we are microcosms within the macrocosm of community, but we create stronger bonds, and become more than just ourselves, when we form connections. We connect via cell phones and the Internet, gaining access to other individuals, companies and organisations. We join, we link, and we visit. We communicate with each other from the extreme ends of the globe in an instant. All these connections are made possible because of the conductive ability of copper. How we as humans use copper as a resource today will affect generations to come – there is only a finite supply of copper left on earth.
My choice to use recycled material is a conscious one, given my deep concerns about the damage that has been inflicted on our environment and that we as humans are possibly becoming less connected with nature. My work investigates the way that global demand for copper has had micro and macro implications for South Africans, as well as for the greater global community.
Ingrid Bolton was born in Johannesburg South Africa in 1963. She now resides and works in Cape Town. Bolton’s area of interest is taking pressing global issues and bringing them into the public space for discussion. Installation is the predominant medium she uses, but has also included videography. With her medical technology background in microbiology, her interest fuels the need to make the microscopic world visible. A few years spent running an organic farm with her family leads the natural focus of her attention to be on the changes in climate conditions and the weather.
Recently she has exhibited work that looks at the role of microscopic phytoplankton in the oceans, cable theft, and oceanic acidification – all major global problems. She won the Sasol New Signatures competition in 2012, and her works are included in the Sasol, Pretoria Art Museum and the Kilbourne collections. She has had solo shows at the Pretoria Art Museum, Sasol Art Museum and at Iziko South African Museum. She completed her Masters degree at The Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2016, after finishing the BVA degree through Unisa, where she was a contract lecturer. She is represented by Berman Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa.