Capetonian Jo Roets is a passionate painter, sculptor and mould maker
Her works include symbolic patterns and shapes inspired by various South African cultures from Ndebele aprons, neck pendants and house-paintings, Zulu earplugs and beer pots to patterns from her own Afrikaans culture.
“I have always been fascinated with sacred geometry as a spiritual expression and this subject matter found a perfect fit in the air-drying clay medium that I use to create my ‘light relief sculptures’. I push the medium to its very limits. This manifests in manipulating the clay to its thinnest possible thickness and using unusual sculpting tools such as toothpicks and needles to achieve a delicate paper-thin sculpture.”
In 2018, Jo’s work was selected for four prominent art competitions.
Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award Barrel Head Exhibition, Hermanus (finalist) Vuleka, Art.B Gallery, Bellville (finalist)
Sasol New Signatures Art Competition 2018, Pretoria Art Museum (finalist)
StateoftheART Gallery Award 2018, StateoftheART, Cape Town (winner)