Room 22 was executed by three artists working together with one aim in mind: an internal space for tranquility, serenity and meditation. A place where, in an otherwise busy world, one can return to one’s roots and find strength in ones own core of oneness with nature.
The three artists are painter Eric Duplan, Photographer Phyllis Green and Wood turner Schalk van Niekerk.
For Eric Duplan water symbolises contemplation and life forming a gateway for a labyrinthine journey. “I am hooked on labyrinths and mazes and in my painting I use it as an architectural diagram. It is my secret language for spiritual awareness. My painting is a recording of earth’s spiritual awareness. I try to manifest man’s journey by revealing earth’s hidden structures and topographical markings within the landscape.”
“My painting for Room 22, The Bourke’s Luck Potholes, reflects the metal art piece on the outside wall, a constellation borrowed from the paintings of the SAN people. This piece combines Western symbolism with African symbolism. This constellation flows over on to the canvas using the potholes as a gateway, ultimately interlinking with man and then uniting again with nature in the photographs on the opposite wall.”