Everard Read London is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by South African artist, Barbara Wildenboer.
Using the medium of collage to powerful effect, Wildenboer’s solo exhibition comprises highly textured and sculptural works that serve as contemporary vanitases within the context of the Anthropcene. The title of her first London exhibition, FOLLY, derives from the work of Hieronymus Bosch and his depiction of human foolishness and madness.
Through her practice Wildenboer reflects on how humankind is affected by globalisation, economic upheavals, scarcity, pollution and manmade disasters. She explores both beauty and excess, and the magnitude of the mystery and vastness of the cosmos contrasted against the comparable insignificance of humans. She interrogates the fragility of the symbiotic relationship between man and ecology and engages with the concept of the toxic sublime - the “tensions arising from visual representations of environmental contamination.” *