Judith Mason Writes
The quiet grandeur of Karin Daymond's landscapes relies on her mastery of paint and the mastering of her ego. Illusionistic landscapes tend to draw attention to the skill of the artist and the clever games involved in trompe l'oeil. Such sleight of hand reminds one of Creationism, with the artist as Prime Mover, the 'intelligent design' of the hand unfathomable by the viewer. Daymond's paintings evolve, and she discloses to the viewer the means by which she allows them to happen. There is a layer of volcanic rock, the comb of a stubble field, the broccoli-like flowering of forest trees seen from above. She innately appreciates how the earth was laid down from a scientific perspective, and the paint she uses follows the same logic. We see how scumbling, and glazing, combing and impasto all become metaphors for the evolutionary process. We also see how people, beautifully evoked by their absence, and animals are also part of the process, leaving behind their baggage, the evidence of their passing through time and space, like sgraffiti on a rock. A bundle of rags in the corner of a roofless stone hut catches our attention. Who does it belong to? Are we to take comfort from the sun at the door? No matter. This vagrant is as valid as clouds and grasses and dying fish; part of the endless wave. So too, is the farm, a dark blur beneath the trees in the middle distance, and the broken fence before us. We jump to our all-too-South-African conclusions in the way that we fill the blanks of silence in Hopper's work. Yet again, the huge skies and the waving grass remind us of the endless cycle of growth and decay. There is something very comforting about Daymond's work because it reminds us of our place in time and space- small, but not insignificant, and because she allows her creative process to be set so securely in the honesty of paint, and brushstroke. We understand the means by which she achieves her effects as if we were interested co-voyagers on the Beagle, listening to Darwin.
Position in Space exhibition