The six etchings by Elise Wessels are part of a body of work Beast in Mind, which is an intuitive visual interpretation of the Shadow archetype, as defined by C.G. Jung. Jung proposed that the ‘Shadow’ may partially be linked to primordial and irrational animal instincts, and it is also seen to be the seat of creativity, which becomes my point of departure. This series is inspired by South African writers in whose lives and work it seems the Shadow played a significant role. I use hybrid forms as a means to simulate a visual – or actual – conversation between the psyche and animal archetypes. With Beast in Mind I hope to offer to the viewer a key to the intuitive language of the Shadow.
Elise Wessels works as an Illustrator in Cape Town. After spending two and a half years at the Am I Collective studio she now works independently. She completed her Bachelors in Fine Art through the University of South Africa.


 

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Amasidia’s Dream
2011
Softground and aquatint on Zerkall
Intaglio 250gsm
Edition of 10
Paper dimension: 47.5 x 38 cm
Image dimension: 24.7 x 22.4 cm

Price R1500 excl. vat

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Cold Stone Fear
2011
Softground and aquatint on Zerkall
Intaglio 250gsm
Edition of 10
Paper dimension: 47.5 x 38 cm
Image dimension: 24.7 x 22.4 cm

Price R1500 excl. vat

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Mâbalel
2011
Softground and aquatint on Zerkall
Intaglio 250gsm
Edition of 10
Paper dimension: 47.5 x 38 cm
Image dimension: 24.7 x 22.4 cm

EDITION SOLD OUT

Trial Proof available Price R3000 excl. vat

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Ontvlugting
2011
Softground and aquatint on Zerkall
Intaglio 250gsm
Edition of 10
Paper dimension: 47.5 x 38 cm
Image dimension: 24.7 x 22.4 cm

EDITION SOLD OUT

 

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The Dark Stream
2011
Softground and aquatint on Zerkall
Intaglio 250gsm
Edition of 10
Paper dimension: 47.5 x 38 cm
Image dimension: 24.7 x 22.4 cm

Price R1500 excl. vat

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Wolves in Mind
2011
Softground and aquatint on Zerkall
Intaglio 250gsm
Edition of 10
Paper dimension: 47.5 x 38 cm
Image dimension: 24.7 x 22.4 cm

Price R1800 excl. vat

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