Barnett, Oliver (1979-)

Artwork by Oliver Barnett

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Limondium 60cm by 60cm

LIMONDIUM (SOLD)

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Diluvian 120cm x 120cm (633x640)

Diluvian

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Burkinabe 120cm x 120cm - Copy

Burkinabe

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Dagara 60cm x 60cm

Dagara

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The Hogon 60cm by 60cm (640x640)

Hogon

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Mimosa 60 by 60cm

Mimosa

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Tellem 60cm high by 55cm (559x640)

Tellem

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Chiwara 60cm x 60cm (640x640)

Chiwara

I am a photographic artist based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Having dedicated much of the last 3 years to walking and observing in and around Table Mountain National park, these artworks emerged from consistent inquiry into the evolution of human consciousness and its relationship to the natural world. The resulting body of work intends to provide tools to connect to a collective perception of the environment and find new ways to enjoy and share the natural habitats that sustain life.

Over the course of time, separate strands of interest have become apparent that inform each other in the creative process. The early work consisted of landscape portals, extracted from notably vibrant natural settings encountered while walking. These sanctuaries, steeped in symbolic reference, intend to yield a sense of stillness and balance that the viewer can drift into and, if necessary, shelter from the tensions of modern life.

As the eye and technique integrate, a microcosm has emerged, into which we are invited to take a closer look at familiar and unusual aspects of the landscape. This work sets out to encounter abstract natural structures that stimulate an extra-sensory response, whilst allowing room for any free floating elements that may embellish the viewing experience.

My awareness of the geometric principles that underlie the source material, such an invaluable guideline when composing the photographs, is reflected in a way of life that celebrates and reveres being connected and inseparable from the whole. In this way, the images intend to explore and unite scientific and spiritual realms to invoke balance in the way humans interact with nature.

Gradually I am learning that if we look at a plant, tree or rock closely enough, peel back its physical layers, study it without intellectualizing, we begin to connect to its essence, we enter a collective level of awareness. It’s a ritualistic process that sits at the core of these works.