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Gwynneth van Jaarsveld - "Giant Chiton"
Pen and Ink
W: 260mm x H: 170mm x D: 1mm
This work is framed (but can be supplied either framed or unframed)
About "Giant Chiton"
My father in law brought me these curious looking molluscs one day. He told me they used to call these Chitons skilpadtjies meaning little tortoises when he was young. Chitons are small to large marine molluscs in the class Polyplacophora, which formerly was known as Amphineura. About 940 extant and 430 fossil species are recognized. These molluscs are also sometimes commonly known as sea cradles or "coat-of-mail shells". They are also sometimes referred to more formally as loricates, polyplacophorans, and rarely as polyplacophores.
As an artist, I am inspired by the fact that our world did not just spontaneously come about. It was thoughtfully and lovingly designed and made for us. I like to see myself an "observer of beauty" and this is where all my creations originate. Something else that influences my work is that I have a visual impairment. Stargard's Dystrophy is a retinal condition that causes loss of central vision. I have to get real close to objects and images to observe detail. I believe that people overlook detail and beauty in the rush of their daily lives. I would like to inspire my audience to stop, look and recognize the fingerprints of our Creator on the world around them, and also on themselves.
Oliewenhuis Reservoir - Friends of Oliewenhuis (Bloemfontein)
Studied at Creare under Thomas Vermeulen
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