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Heavy, Earthy Installations by Dineo Seshee Bopape


A photograph of a sculptural installation by Dineo Seshee Bopapesa____ke lerole, (sa lerole ke____ ), mixed media installation (Art in General, New York)

Dineo Seshee Bopape is a South African multimedia artist based in Johannesburg. Bopape’s art often comes in the form of heavy, earthy installations utilizing wood, soil and building materials, often in combination with electronic equipment and found objects.

 

A photo of an installation in a Paris galleryUntitled [of occult instability] (feelings), installation (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France)

Bopape’s works explore emotional and perceptual concepts, drawing parallels between objects and rituals, and between earth, soil and the body. I appreciate the artist’s tendency to fill entire rooms and gallery spaces with her works, creating art pieces that function as small interactive worlds that the viewer is momentarily a part of.

 

Also fascinating is the way Bopape organizes her online presence, offering images of work that are accompanied not by the usual titles and medium information, but by seemingly random notes and thoughts that simultaneously add extra confusion and a deeper level of understanding to the works. 

 

An installation in Brazil by Dineo Seshee Bopape

:indeed it may very well be the ____ itself, mixed media sculpture (Fundaçõ Biennale de Sao Paolo)


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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