THE NATIONAL FLOWER OF SOUTH AFRICA  (2017)

 

Digital drawing on Fabriano

700x1000mm

 

The word ‘protea’ is derived from the Greek god’s name Proteus, signifying that which is complex, mutable, able to adopt many forms. It is from this idea - of something able to change between many forms – together with the notion of ‘post-truth’, and the #GuptaLeaks (2017) that inspired me in creating this work. The work alludes to the cans of ‘contrived narratives’ and ‘effective stories’ that company Bell Pottinger allegedly spread through digital and social media news platforms, fake bloggers, commentators and Twitter users in ‘capturing the state’. In the work the protea becomes ‘endangered’; foreign elements such as the Dirham coin invade the flower and other strange things ensue, like a Bell Pottinger virus-insect, and the KPMG logo that reproduces and propagates into some sort of strange digital-cancerous growth.