My seemingly unobtainable desire was always for creating abstract art when all I ever seemed to produce was realism. I began my art career trying a bit of everything: I explored pastels (chalk and oil), drawing, oil paints and finally settled on my favourite medium: acrylic. I tried a vast array of subject matter from portraits to landscapes and everything in between.
I really enjoy painting poppies with intricate spiral backgrounds (which is what I’m most ‘known’ for) but, as I mentioned before, my real passion is for abstract art. I could never quite figure out how to express myself in this way until I embarked on my ‘Rocking Art’ series (2012 – 2016) which explored intuitive painting to music (my favourite rock bands). I’m the bass guitarist for a South African indie rock band called Templeton Universe (you can check out our facebook page HERE), so music is a big part of who I am and what keeps me going. With this series I wanted to subliminally tap into why we like and are drawn to certain types of music — why some people love or hate different genres and musicians/bands. My findings were quite incredible and I not only took start-to-finish photographs of the process but also captured the emotions of what I was feeling (here is the link to my series: https://cherieroedirksen.com/the-rock-art-series/). This series became my first solo exhibition which was held at the Karoo Art Hotel, Barrydale in December 2016.
This started the ball rolling for me as I took my first steps into the world of contemporary art.
My latest projects are about probing the subconscious and the void of existence. Pretty heavy, right? It’s been a real voyage of discovery for me. My painting called ‘Panspermia’ (origins of life) saw me stumble into a realm that I’m not quite sure about. Every person who has seen this piece brings a different interpretation of what it means to them or what they see in it (which is what art is about, I know) – but this piece tends to take the average person deeper (either into fear, fascination or deep contemplation). This intrigues me because I believe everyone has their own Truth and brings their own meaning to life itself. I want to explore this ‘quantum soup’ type of art more and tap into this unseen realm of all possibility. I am also a self-empowerment author, columnist and radio presenter (for USA based Conscious Life News, South African conscious lifestyle digimag, Odyssey and Big Indie Giant Radio), so conscious awareness is a field that I’m greatly committed to.
All of this new self-exploratory art has led me to my next solo exhibition called ’42’ which is going to be held at the magnificent Magpie Art Collective from 6th October (opening night) – 9th November 2018. The Magpie Art Collective are close to my heart as I love and am inspired by how they turn trash into treasure — something I try to teach at my tri-weekly art and craft classes at local youth upliftment center, Net vir Pret.
What I hope to achieve from this new body of work is way out of my own comfort zone and I want to facilitate the viewer to explore their own limitations and/or expansion. In a nutshell: I want every soul who sees the representations — of what I’m literally plucking out of the ether/matrix (or whatever else you want to call it) — to glean some sort of remembrance of who they really are; what their soul imprint is — a looking glass to the soul. I think we’re a species with amnesia (meaning we come into this life oblivious as to our past incarnations) and I want to ignite a sense of inner self exploration with my work — I want people to dig deep into their own psyche or akash and remember who they really are (which is, in my opinion, an immortal spirit with infinite capabilities stuck for a brief period of time in a corporeal body). I believe if we (humanity) are given a chance, we can unlock all our inherent capabilities and the mysteries of our own existence beyond this earthly realm. The scope is broad but the passion is lit!