Jessica Webster and Lien Botha Produce Texts on the Sea for Cross-Currents
Jessica Webster and Lien Botha are among the fifteen artists currently exhibiting at David Krut Projects Cape Town in the show Cross-Currents. Webster and Botha have, in addition to prints, produced texts for the exhibition in which they consider the sea and our relationship to it. Cross-Currents continues at the Montebello Design Centre until 25 August 2012.
Webster considers how the sea is oblivious to the attention we pay it:
I have always had some misgivings about the sea. These misgivings are more or less the same when someone speaks to me of the ocean. Or not less, but there are differences between the misgivings I have of the sea and the ocean. When someone speaks to me of the ocean I think of much wider expanses of sea seen from a plane or satellite photographs of the earth. Here the ocean gives contour to continents with flats expanses of cerulean blue between. Shadowy darker blue dots certain places; we are told that some of these places are so deep that they have never been visited by man. Man has achieved higher altitudes than deeper depths, as far as our position on earth is concerned.
Botha reflects on the colour of the sea, which is not simply blue or green but rather undefined:
The colour of the sea when driving back home at the end of a day in February is undefined. It needs a new word but there is no word for a colour like that at about eight o’clock on a warm summer’s evening. Perhaps it is the colour of whale songs or the colour of fish memories or the colour of a million tides collected over centuries.
Images courtesy David Krut Projects