Q&A with JOH DEL
Presented by SALON NINETY ONE
1. What are your artistic (and other) goals for the future?
Bigger projects. Books. More useful and meaningful work. Work that the viewer can either learn something useful from or get inspired from to do something positive. Work with measurable social and environmental impact.
2. What is your go-to place or activity if you need to rest or escape from the pressures and business of life?
A hike to one of the waterfalls in Cape Town. Or Newlands forest or a quick climb up Kloof Corner after work. And meditation, 20 minutes twice a day.
3. What are you working on currently?
My work is mostly very detailed Giclee prints with lots of thin pen lines. But last year I started playing with oil paint. The big difference between Giclee and oil paint is the three-dimensional quality of the paint. Impasto on the rough linen board, letting the paint do what it wants to do. So, I needed to choose a subject matter that would allow me to explore this fully, and also fit in with my existing work. A couple of years ago I found a clay vessel that was underwater for a very long time, covered in barnacles and coral in a pottery shop in Cadaqués on the coast of Spain. This wonderful mysterious relic with all its natural colours and textures was just irresistible to paint, and it has inspired me to start working on a new body of work.