Known as the “Mining Artist”, Jeannette Unite travels around the globe and researches what she refers to as the industrial sublime. Mining the earth for inspiration, she brings its minerals to life by incorporating them into large-scale textured artworks on canvas and paper. Working with earth materials, mines and maps, Jeannette’s geological paintings and drawings incorporate the metals and matter that defined and continue to shape the mineral and industrial revolution.
In March 2015, Jeannette will be participating in the “Blowing in the Wind” group art exhibition at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA) gallery in Durban. The exhibition is curated by respected curator Carol Brown and aims to remind us how intolerance, fanaticism and violence have little changed since the 1960s. Rooted in two famous song titles from that era – “Blowing in the Wind” by Bob Dylan and “Imagine” by John Lennon – the curatorial intention of this exhibition is to revisit these lyrics in the light of the last half century, where little progress has been made.
The exhibition will run from 03 – 22 March 2015 and includes works by other artists such as Bongani Khanyile, Wonder Mbambo, Fran Saunders, Derrick Nxumalo, Paul Botes, Siobhan O’Reagain, Lerto Shabi, Akiko Nakaji and the portfolio of Images of Human Rights. Several of the works that form part of “Blowing in the Wind” deal with environmental and human exploitation issues including those surrounding the cornerstone of our country’s material wealth – the mining industry.
Thereafter, Jeannette will participate in an exhibition entitled “Industrial Karoo – Fear & Loss”. Curated by Katie Barnard du Toit, the exhibition presents over 80 artists who explore themes of conflict, capitalism and the environmental destruction of the Karoo. The show brings together artists from various disciplines, including renowned contemporary artists, and the works span different media including painting, photography, sculpture and multimedia. Some of the participating artists include Ingrid Bolton, Willem Boshoff, Jan van der Merwe, Diane Victor, Manfred Zyella, Gordon Froud, Guy du Toit and Minnie Gerber, to name but a few.
“Industrial Karoo – Fear & Loss” will run from 04 March until 26 April 2015 in the South Gallery of the Pretoria Art Museum.