- Annette du Plessis
- Port Elizabeth
- South Africa
- Creative thinking has
been a natural aspect of my life since earliest
recollection. I remember vividly as a 5 year old
how I used to build installations on the banks of
the river, where my extended family had a farm.
- I had so many
questions about life already and was specifically
intrigued by the universe, animals, plants, and
the difference between the various types of
people on the farm (it was during apartheid years
and racism was rife).
Sadly - my dad had a problem with unpredictable
anger outbursts and I feared him tremendously.
I think I became quite "developed"
creatively because art in a way was a means to
escape and live in another world - where I needed
no additional friends - and no additional love.
At the age of 17 after I nearly died in a serious
accident - I came under the awesome and loving
power of God. General apects about my life began
to fall into place and I realised that my
suffering and abuse evaporated totally and
completely in the presence of God.
I am however far from living a real godly life -
yet I know that the creative energies within me -
are not of my own - but run through me because of
God's choice into and through my life - and I am
so grateful for this blessing - I am learning
about deeper meanings of existance - as I go
along expressing deep yearnings and thoughts that
spontaneously well up inside...
I do my art without any prior planning - for me
it is essential that I empty myself of myself -
and allow my senses to pick up and spill out
sounds and patterns and movements from the unseen
world. I "hear music" as I do art and I
feel " creative movements through my mind"
like dancing patterns. This happens away and at
My desire is that viewers should interact with
"my" artwork and that they find solace
- that they be provoked to become better people -
filled with love and compassion for others.