Natural Selection Series, No. IV
South African artist Jane Eppel’s known bodies of work have been described as “glimpses” into her own personal meditative space, quietly fusing opposite elements of “privacy and accessibility, personal and public and the mysterious and the mundane” within her renditions of ordinary moments (quoted from the late Prof. Neville Dubow’s opening address of Eppel’s exhibition, Sanctum, in 2008). Visiting the artist at home in her current surroundings in the Clovelly mountains, just past Kalk Bay, confirms this description and reveals that it was indeed a foresighted prediction on Dubow’s part.
Eppel’s latest prints veer towards this dichotomy of opposites in her growing appreciation and awe of the minute and ordinary life species around her home environment. This fascination with the spectacle of the ordinary balances mystery and clarity of minute detail, appreciation of the living energy within and the intense reminder of mortality. What is hardly visible to the human eye is intensified and cradled within the delicate strokes of Eppel’s etched lines and almost invisible embossing. Yet the complexity of life’s networks, from fragile spider webs and wing-veins of insects, to the constellation of stars in our universe is referenced as interconnected in the cosmos.
extracted from a longer essay 'New Prints' by Jenny Altschuler