Overflow: Fynbos Leucadendrons

Hermien van der MerweCape TownSouth Africa

South Africa2020Oil paint on stretched canvas

80 x 80 cm

This 800 x 800mm oil painting is titled: Fynbos Overflow: Leucadendrons. In this painting, I focused on the bright, flame-shaped fynbos plants called Leucadendrons and combined it with the ball-shaped cones of the Brunia. My 2020 paintings stand in stark contrast to the tense year that we find ourselves in – with many challenges and restrictions. In these paintings, I celebrate Spring in Cape Town and included some of my favourite fynbos plants: Watsonias; Helichrysums; Gnidias; Pincushions; Leucadendrons and Brunias. I chose themes for my artworks such as ‘Overflow’ and ‘Abundance’ to bring pleasure, colour, hope and freedom into our lives. I used fynbos plants as my inspiration but deviated from the original colours and shapes early in my creative process, as I wanted to portray freedom in my mark making with vibrant colours and strong contrasts. My aim was to show the abundance of nature after such good rains in this year (2020). I want the ‘Abundance’ of the subject matter to ‘Overflow’ off the canvas – just as provision and blessings overflow in my life. May this work bring hope and light wherever it is seen.

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$ 1,196

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Artist Hermien van der Merwe is fascinated by Cape fynbos plants.

Living at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, Hermien is embraced by inspiration for her work. She regularly walks along the nearby mountain paths in the Table Mountain Nature Reserve, absorbing her surroundings with all her senses.

“I see buds appear, flowers open and seeds form as the seasons change. I smell the foliage and feel the mountain air against my skin. I pause at interesting leaves and cones – feeling their textures,” says Hermien.

It’s in this walking, seeing, touching, breathing in… that Hermien observes the interaction between fire, drought, and rain on Cape fynbos. And it’s in her brush strokes, paint drips, and lino markings that she narrates this story. Working in a wide range of art mediums, Hermien hopes to raise awareness for fynbos and preserve it for future generations – preferably as a living, adaptable biome but also immortalized in art.

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