Charmoné Botha, The Age of the Jellyfish 1 (2017). Video stills

I am profoundly influenced by Ana Mendieta’s Siluetas Series (1973-78), whereby the female body is tied to land and nature. Mendieta’s body, or a constructed surrogate form, is placed on the maternal earth. Mendieta merges with the land in a highly personal mark-making fusion. My performance as hybridised jellyfish/human positions my body in the ocean, attempting to honour it with art inspired by the urgent need for its conservation.


I was inspired by a documentary on Sky News about a dead whale whose intestines were filled with plastic bags, suggesting that the whales mistake the plastic bags for jellyfish and ingest them. In relation to ocean conservation, the images above with plastic shopping bags are suitable analogy for the non-biodegradable waste that is fed into the oceans, since it is an insurmountable problem that can only be resolved if we find biodegradable alternatives to plastic.


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