Ingrid Winterbach is both a visual artist and an award-winning novelist. She lectured in the Art department at Stellenbosch University for thirteen years (1976-1990) and in the Afrikaans department at the University of Kwazulu-Natal for five years. She has been writing and painting full-time since 2002. After 22 years in Durban, she now lives in Stellenbosch with her painter husband, Andries Gouws.
I work almost obsessively in series. I see a series as a practice akin to the musical practice of variations on a theme. Exploring the possibilities of a single theme to its utmost.
In this new series I situate figures in enclosed spaces – mostly rooms, sketchily indicated with only a couple of lines and a door. From this door billows a strange, difficult to define shape – a shadow, a premonition. Who knows.
The figures are distorted to varying degrees.
Colour plays an important role – used much more exuberantly than in previous paintings.