FILM | The Making of ‘Word’ (2015-2020) by Wilma Cruise

Join David Krut Workshop Printer Kim-lee Loggenberg as she prints an edition of ‘Word, 2015’ by Wilma Cruise. This is an inside look at production in the David Krut Workshop located at Arts on Main in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sculptor, ceramicist, printmaker and public artist, Wilma Cruise has collaborated with David Krut Workshop (DKW) from the late 2000s. Cruise grew up under the Apartheid regime, which was predicated on the oppressive categorization of human beings, making identity politics central to her work.

Word, 2015. Published by David Krut. Drypoint and chine-collé Edition of 15. 45cm x 43.7cm.

The artist uses the body (the site of experience) as a vehicle for exploring meaning together with images that “float” from her subconscious. In this way, her work can function like a haunting dream, prompting a possible “decoding” of the self.

Word, 2015 is part of a body of work which explores human-animal relationships, asking: “what happens if the animals were in charge and treated us as we treat them?” For Cruise, this question relates specifically to “baboon politics” in the Western Cape where man and animal compete for space and resources. Read more in the Print of the Month blog post below.

Learn more about Wilma Cruise and her available editions below.

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