Alta Botha (b. 1955) is a Cape Town-based independent artist who exhibits locally and internationally. She holds a B degree in Visual Arts (awarded Visual Arts Prize, Unisa, 2005) and an MA in Fine Arts (with distinction, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, 2014). Since 2012 Botha explores the possibilities of contemporary drawing employing process driven methodologies. Using paper and found and activated charcoal as primary media, she works towards transforming the materiality of substances and surfaces through reductive and ‘abusive’ procedures. Dematerialising actions of erosion and perforation – the scraping and sanding of paper, and the burning of wood to charcoal – are counterbalanced by processes of retrieval and reconstruction, like the sewing together and dressing of torn surfaces. Her acts of reparation recall an earlier career in nursing – her hand-stitching, as a mark and a conveyor of meaning, is linked to care. Botha considers drawing as a complex filtering between inner and outer processes – between deep structures of thought and their coming into being as surface structure. The incremental unfolding between processes of conscious and unconscious awareness is central to the transformations she works towards.