Blackened Stems

This image began as a test plate, but over time resolved into a finished print to be included in Fourie’s series of etchings. This image also merges two photographs. One photograph depicts two figures walking through a field (seen on the right side of the print). The second image can be seen on the left of the print – a figure who appears to be in a diving position. As in A Fair Amount of Fumbling, Fourie references the idea of swimming in grass.

The long black shapes depicted Blackened stems are the black stick lily (or bobbejaan stert in Afrikaans) – a plant which Fourie finds beautiful and uses repetitively in her work. Fourie often encounters these plants while walking up a particular mountain in the Magaliesburg. In the summer they resemble grass, but after a veld fire all the grass burns away and they become black protruding structures. In spring they bloom beautiful purple flowers. Another aspect of this plant that appeals to Fourie is the fact that it changes very much throughout the seasons, reminding her of the changes, phases and cycles of nature.


Blackened Stems

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Image Height:
12.7 cm

Image Width:
35.7 cm

Sheet Height:
24.3 cm

Sheet Width:
45.5 cm



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