Cape Times

Ex­plor­ing new depths and con­nec­tions

Dubois draws in­spi­ra­tion from the ocean

- STAFF WRITER

SHE longs to paint that which she sees around her and feels within. Seek­ing God and beauty in ev­ery­day life has taken Cape Town artist Paula Dubois on a jour­ney of dis­cov­ery and trans­for­ma­tion.

Con­nect­ing – more specif­i­cally, con­nect­ing hu­man with na­ture – is a key con­cept in her art and solo ex­hi­bi­tion that will be on at The Stu­dio Art Gallery, Si­mon’s Town this week.

“Some time ago I en­coun­tered the Sea Change Project – and I was cap­ti­vated. Their work of high­light­ing kelp forests as one of the great nat­u­ral won­ders of the world has opened my eyes to the mys­tery of Phaeo­phyta, a ma­rine al­gae be­long­ing to the same fam­ily of or­gan­isms as moulds and amoe­bas – and vi­tally at home in cold wa­ter,” she said.

Dubois and her son Se­bastien, 18, live in Oran­jezicht, close to moun­tain and sea, which she said was a source of in­spi­ra­tion.

“An­cient bib­li­cal text tells us He called the dry ground ‘land’ and the gath­ered waters ‘seas’. What is above, I have found be­low – a re­sem­blance in form and colour, sym­bolic of the con­scious and sub­con­scious. Through daily walks in na­ture and spend­ing time at the ocean, I’m drawn to the here and now. The crunch of stones un­der my feet, the smell of fyn­bos on a salty sea breeze, the sight of a hum­ming­bird hov­er­ing in mid-air. Dis­turb or re­move one, and it af­fects all. Or­der turns to chaos, beauty to de­cay.

“I long to paint that which I see around me and feel within. Crea­tures and corals, a world of beauty un­seen, hid­den to us above and threat­ened by ex­tinc­tion. I want us to be aware, to con­nect with this world of won­der,” said Dubois. In her lat­est body of work, she has used acrylic artists’ ink on can­vas.

The translu­cent, ver­sa­tile medium helps present the na­ture of that which Dubois de­picts.

She also said she found great plea­sure in paint­ing “with’ her sub­ject”, turn­ing to found ob­jects like sticks, seeds, dried kelp and shells.

In some of her new works she has used a sea sponge to cre­ate tex­ture.

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ART­WORKS ‘Above’ and ‘Be­low’ form part of the ‘We are Con­nected’ solo ex­hi­bi­tion by Paula Dubois, which runs from to­mor­row un­til March 4 in Si­mon’s Town.
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