Uproot

February 09, 2020 - March 01, 2020

A solo exhibition by Emma Willemse featuring a wide range of media, including an installation from fournd objects as well as mixed media works, digital prints, drawings and hand made collographs and monotypes. 

In the exhibition titled Uproot, Emma Willemse is continuing her investigation of ideas around displacement, yet widening her exploration to the social phenomenon of sense of place, which comprise the meanings we as humans, as well as animals and all other living beings, assign to space and place.

Emma Willemse’s interest in displacement originated from her own experience of the loss of several homes in the 1990’s. She conducted an academic study into the effects rendered by the loss of a home on the psyche of the displaced and came to the conclusion that this traumatic experience has consequential losses of memory and identity. The quest to make these notions visible runs like a golden vein through her oeuvre as artist, initiated from a very personal manifestation and developing into more universal issues of loss.

In Uproot, Willemse expands her investigation into the natural environment. In much the same way that a floor of a house could be considered as the footprint of a home, and its demolishment could therefore be deemed as an uprootment of all the meanings we assigned to that home, she now interrogates questions around the physical uprootment of trees. If trees are considered to be sentient beings and are able to communicate, according to new research[1], and trees create ecological environments in which a myriad of life forms flourish; then trees could be considered creators of a sense of place. Through her visual art practice, Willemse probes the aftermath of the losses ocurring when trees are destroyed, asking questions such as: If a tree is uprooted, can the resulting losses of a sense of place be measured?

True to her practice, Willemse will exhibit works in a wide range of media, including an installation from found materials as well as mixed media works on paper, digital prints, drawings and handmade collagraphs and monotypes.


(1)   [1]Grant, R. Do trees talk to each other. Smithsonian Magazine, March 2018 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-whispering-trees-180968084/  (Accessed on 09/122/2019)

Works

Rupture X

Emma Willemse

Rupture X, 2020

ZAR 55000.00

Wounded Archive

Emma Willemse

Wounded Archive, 2018

ZAR 18500.00

Uprooting system I

Emma Willemse

Uprooting system I, 2018

ZAR 35000.00

Uprooting system II

Emma Willemse

Uprooting system II, 2020

ZAR 35000.00

Broken Boat

Emma Willemse

Broken Boat, 2019

ZAR 15700.00

Roots near Kalbaskraal

Emma Willemse

Roots near Kalbaskraal, 2020

ZAR 15700.00

Uproot 1: Kalbaskraal, Swartland

Emma Willemse

Uproot 1: Kalbaskraal, Swartland, 2020

ZAR 8500.00

Uproot 2: Next to Primary School, Riebeek Kasteel

Emma Willemse

Uproot 2: Next to Primary School, Riebeek Kasteel, 2020

ZAR 8500.00

Uproot 3: Hermon Road, Riebeek Kasteel

Emma Willemse

Uproot 3: Hermon Road, Riebeek Kasteel, 2020

ZAR 8500.00

Uproot 4: Kloof Street, Riebeek Kasteel

Emma Willemse

Uproot 4: Kloof Street, Riebeek Kasteel, 2020

ZAR 8500.00

Uproot 5: Outskirts of Malmesbury

Emma Willemse

Uproot 5: Outskirts of Malmesbury, 2020

ZAR 8500.00

Root fragment I

Emma Willemse

Root fragment I, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Fragment II

Emma Willemse

Fragment II, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment III

Emma Willemse

Root fragment III, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment IV

Emma Willemse

Root fragment IV, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment V

Emma Willemse

Root fragment V, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment VI

Emma Willemse

Root fragment VI, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment VII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment VII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment VIII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment VIII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment IX

Emma Willemse

Root fragment IX, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment X

Emma Willemse

Root fragment X, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XI

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XI, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XIII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XIII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XIV

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XIV, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XV

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XV, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XVI

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XVI, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XVII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XVII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XVIII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XVIII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XIX

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XIX, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XX

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XX, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXI

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXI, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXIII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXIII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXIV

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXIV, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXV

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXV, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXVI

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXVI, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXVII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXVII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXVIII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXVIII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXIX

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXIX, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXX

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXX, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXXI

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXXI, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXXII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXXII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXXIII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXXIII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXXV

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXXV, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXXVI

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXXVI, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXXVII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXXVII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00

Root fragment XXXVIII

Emma Willemse

Root fragment XXXVIII, 2020

ZAR 2500.00