Roelien first encountered ‘art’ at the age of 13 when the creating she had done since kindergarten became a subject, a choice. Something included in her school curriculum in South Africa.
It was only at University that she started exploring ‘what’ art is. The labelling of herself as an artist had already started at school. There was simply no other career she was interested in.
Recently she has descovered the motivation for her artistic career, her desire to create and express herself.
As an emotionally charged being, she has a need to express. She feels emotion so deeply that creating, and working on art is the only way of dealing with such emotion. While her work is personal, it covers many broad topics. Often dealing with the topic, and practice of Art itself.
What Art is, and what it could be.
Roelien treats art as an ever evolving language, that she is still learning. She pushes the boundries given to her in an effort to explore a better means of expressing herself. This sense of progression in art, as well as her personal life gives her work life, and purpose while setting her free in the process.
Art directs her life, in the same way her life directs her art.
It is a constant struggle, to keep this balance as pure and honest as possible and one has to be aware of things like the capitalist driven world we live in.
“I never want these things to influence my art negatively.”
By being aware of- and controlling these influences, she creates.
This is the balance between ‘life’ and ‘art’ that is controlled in her practice. One could not exist without the other.
“My art needs to fit into my life, and my life is what inspires me to create art.
In this way art becomes a lot more ‘free’ to me, and life therefore too.
I can create anywhere life takes me. I don’t need to be confined to a studio.
I need to live life to create art, and I need art in turn to live life to the fullest.
My life is my art and my art is my life.”
Edited by Lauren Louise Hammond