For sculptor, Sarel Petrus, human existence and natural environment are linked, through timeless and mysterious convergences of journeys.
Sarel Petrus lives and works in Pretoria, South-Africa, has exhibited in many group exhibitions across South-Afica, was a top 10 finalist in the 2007 ABSA La’telier, and was awarded the Sculpture Merit Award at the 2014 Tami Mnyele Fine Art Awards.
His exhibition schedule, coupled with his passion for hiking and rock climbing means that he frequently travels to cities and to isolated places. In addition, he allows himself journeys of the mind into the strange relationship between traditional and throw-away- culture and what is left of nature as humans and other species fight for existence. City and town dwellers, largely cut off from natural continuity and natural spaces, are mostly unaware of what they leave behind wherever they go. But human existence and the natural environment are linked through timeless, hidden convergences of what we lack and what we have in surfeit. In his work, Sarel refers to an obscure past to imagine a new voice for the abstract realities of objects.
"My works are trophies for the lives of others, even though their stories are unknown to me. These unknown stories create spaces for us to fill in our own stories and they thus become metaphors for our own memories and emotions".
Sarel explains his process in creating the trio of bronze sculptures 'Paper Planes'. Starting by carving into paraffin wax, inscribing words into the surface of the paper jets, he then creates a silicone mold of the sculpture. Then he castes liquid bronze into the mould. The paper jet is a conceptually playful way of casting ideas into the wind, letting the results unfold even in times of uncertainty as we negotiate the COVID-10 pandemic.
Bird Vane. Bronze sculpture. 70 x 30 x 19cm.
( wooden stand 80 x 40 x 40cm)
My Dad's Camera. 57 x 16 x 16cm. Bronze sculpture. R38 900
Birdvane. Bronze. Wall Mounted. 28.5 x 31 x 28cms. R29 960
Bird Vane. Bronze sculpture. 28 x 25 x 5cm. R24 755. SOLD
Brushstroke II. Bronze sculpture. 16.5 x 32 x 11cm. R13 000
Bird On A Tower 35. Bronze. 18 x 12 x 9cm. R5700 SOLD
Southern Ground Hornbill. Bronze. 8.5 x 12.5 x 8cm. R7450 SOLD
Flight Plan II. Bronze sculpture. 65 x 50 x 17cm. R42 790 SOLD
Flight Plan II. Bronze sculpture. 65 x 50 x 17cm. SOLD
Weather Vane VI. Bronze sculpture. 53 x 30cm R30 150
Paper Jet. Bronze sculpture. 20 x 32cm. R12 100