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Jackson Pollock in Absence and Presence 

Stephanie in my Grade 12 class interpreted the theme I set (Absence and Presence)  by looking at the presence of Jackson Pollock in the art world and his absence as an alcoholic. I recently submitted some of my students work for selection for an exhibition at the KZNSA gallery "what u say 'bout what? 03 June - 21 June 2014. This group exhibition showcased the work from local tertiary institutions and high schools. I am very proud to say that Stephanie's mosaic of Jackson Pollock in broken glass bottles and wine corks was chosen for this exhibition.




The following is Stephanie's explanation of her work: My artwork explores the theme of absence and presence as a result of the use of alcohol. If one consumes alcohol they are absent in their minds whilst their body is still present. I have created a portrait out of broken alcohol bottles of Jackson Pollock who was an alcoholic. I used him because I did not want to make this artwork personal and his fame makes him immediately accessible to everyone. Alcohol can make one very emotional & this links to Jackson Pollock exploration of his emotions when painting. I used broken pieces of glass to show that alcohol can cause one to behave in a negative manner,  which can damage relationships. Pieces of smooth and soft cork create a contrast with the sharp and dangerous glass. The soft and smooth cork resembles one's mind when one is drunk as opposed to the clear glassy clarity of thought one experiences when sober.