Artist Statement

Robyn Denny

I am interested in the patterns of interaction and behaviour that permeate humanity. The last 400 years of recent Southern African history – with European ships first rounding the Cape of Good Hope – initiated a heightened, accelerated time of cross continental reach, colonisation and transformation (much of it profoundly exploitative). The global migration of people in the modern era, often through slavery, irrevocably altered the world and the people inhabiting it. Along with the booms of technology and cross-cultural exchange, powerful systems of hegemonic domination and economic suppression persist today. And they persist in ways that embody us now, even if we tend to be desensitised. Unfolding beauty and cruelty permeates us. We are fragmented by it, even as we seek wholeness.

My work attempts to capture these fragments. I am asking how we are implicated in a historical unfolding, and how we might be transforming it. I work with images that have a deep guttural resonance. Images that move me out of my head into my feeling centre. From this space, the pieces evolve… tracking an energetic process of embodied becoming through difficult inner landscapes.