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Strijdom van der Merwe, Untitled image, 2000

Strijdom van der Merwe

A self described "land artist", Strijdom van der Merwe uses materials he finds on site. Based in South Africa, his sculptural forms take shape in relation to the landscape. It is a process of working with the natural world, using sand, water, wood and rocks. He shapes these elements into geometrical forms that participate with their environment, continually changing until their final inevitable destruction.

"He observes the fragility of beauty, while not lamenting its passing, he acknowledges the poignancy and pathos in its transience. What remains is a photographic image, a fragment of the imagination."

"While a visual record is materially all that is left, he also leaves us a reminder of the capacity, however feeble, of an individual to alter the universe by embracing the ceaseless changing of nature, actively contributing to it and, in so doing, modulating and beautifying the outcome."

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