Charmoné Botha, The Age of the Jellyfish 1 (2017). Video still.
I am profoundly influenced by Ana Mendieta’s Siluetas Series (1973-78), whereby the female body is tied to land and nature. Mendieta’s body, or a constructed surrogate form, is placed on the maternal earth. Mendieta merges with the land in a highly personal mark-making fusion. My performance as hybridised jellyfish/human positions my body in the ocean, attempting to honour it with art inspired by the urgent need for its conservation.