In this episode multi-disciplinary artist Olivia Botha called from Cape Town to chat to Britt Lawton in a remote interview while awaiting her trip to Berlin for an upcoming residency. David Krut Projects and The Fourth collaborated to provide a space for Botha to continue working in anticipation of a 2-month residency for artists from Africa in France, near Toulouse; followed by a 12-month fellowship with the renowned DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.
Botha discusses how she came to be involved in the arts, the influence of environment and community on her work, her love for poetry, how she has been affected by COVID travel restrictions, influences on her practice and her ongoing relationship with David Krut Projects.
The work created during her time at THE FOURTH will be included in a solo exhibition titled CAUGHT – opening at 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood Johannesburg on 14 August 2021.
CAUGHT includes paintings and monotype prints completed by Botha at David Krut Projects over the last two years. Her paintings include dreamlike and monstrous figures that reflect a yearning for human connection.
Visit the David Krut Portal to see Olivia Botha’s online viewing room for CAUGHT.