Piece name: ‘Emoticon #2’ 2018
Medium: Digital Print on 315gsm Hahnemuhle Photo Rag
Framed Size: 750mm x 1250mm
Emoticon #1 and #2 comprise an installation within my solo exhibition ‘I love you’, in which I explore love, death, and decay in the digital age.
The digital age calls for symbols to express the deepest of emotions over a phone in a split second – in the form of a simple logo like the image of a dead rose or a digital broken heart. This work interrogates the relation between this pristine visual language and the lived reality it is called upon to express by encouraging us to examine our belief (or disbelief) in the concept of ‘everlasting love’. We are reminded of the ‘looming death’ we all so fear when falling in love, and the fear that ultimately holds us back from falling in love freely.
Roelien Brink rose to critical acclaim in 2008, when, as a third year student, she defied the art establishment and changed her name to that of South Africa’s most famous male artist, William Kentridge. The young Afrikaans female artist aspires to cast doubt on preconceived ideas regarding identity and gender. Her work is strongly influenced by her memories and life experiences; she merges the boundaries between art and life by using her own animated personal histories against the backdrop of our collective unconscious and social education.
Artist Name: Roelien Brink
Cell no: 0747215265
Price R16 000
Reserve Price: R12 500 – 50% going back to the artist