Artist statement

My work is about the strength of woman, capturing moments of their daily lives. In a special way it
acknowledges the different attributes I always see in my mother.

I use charcoal drawing and acrylic painting on canvas, applied in the form of a wash.
The washes mimic the constant wish that, some women have to wash away certain experiences they
have undergone in their lives.


I chose deliberately to wash the canvas and allowing the paint to drip as a metaphor for the women’s
tears of pain but also their tears of joy and success. My choice of color, sepia or pink. This is both a
reflection of time, that is needed for healing, as well as to portray the tension of their daily lives.
Most portraits are drawn in the form of bust figures, like the idealized eternal youth and strength of the
Roman and Greek statues, which to me signifies pillars of strength, but also a reflection of womanhood
and also of time that passes like the shades of old photographs or the color of aging and rusting


To me, these Greek and Roman statues signifies the strength of the depicted figures but whilst I draw
inspiration from this, the idealization of the women in my paintings are instead a more truthful
representation of the real and everyday lives that women lead.


These moments of women captured in my works are a very sensitive issue around the world; in this case
I use Johannesburg as a point of reference. Johannesburg is a cosmopolitan city that globally attracts
people of all sorts of social , political, and cultural back ground, especially from the neighboring African
countries, people move to Johannesburg in search of work.


It is especially within this multi-cultural work deprived and overpopulated environment of
Johannesburg, where I see the strength of the women I come across in my own daily life.

Artist Patrick Seruwu