Hein Botha’s visual relections on the highly
imaginative interconnected world of the SAN
Prince Albert Gallery 30 March-30 April 2018
The San left a legacy of imaginative, layered rock art images not always accessible
These first people of this land, shared a highly connected orientation with regard
to each other, their natural environment, their spirit world and their stories. In sharp
contrast to our techno-connected world, theirs was a rich, multilayered, truly inter-
San rock art and stories are often ambiguous, idiosyncratic and layered in symbolism
In essence, characteristics that lie at the roots of all innovative artistic expression.
I feel that my life, and hopefully my art is influenced and enriched by my immersion
into the art of the San. Their eternally fresh imagery, childlike playfulness and the
vast record of their universe has taught me what I like to refer to as, “cosmic clowning”.
It gives rise to the creation of refreshed visual connections, imagery and metaphors.
In the final analysis San art needs to be viewed as the restoration of the ‘broken
strings’ between their world and ours. It should be the basis of restoring our links
to our fellow creatures, our ancestors, the spirit world and lost stories.
Our time starved, self-absorbed existence of today desperate needs the restoration
of the primal links and healing rituals emanating from the time-honed sensibilities
of the San people.
Allow me a final ‘translation’: Trance dance – transcend – trans relate –– transformation.