ORB is an extension of the work Isolde Krams has undertaken over the last 4 years, consisting of metamorphosed material and figures. Positive and negative symbols and images are set up to create a push and pull situation: soft and hard, male and female, familiar and fantastical.
The works are inspired and directed by a strong personal interest in conservation and environmental issues. Links to Krams' earlier work exist both in terms of stylistic sources and an ongoing engagement with a feminist perspective and notions of nurture.
Her frame of reference has extended beyond the self to encompass more diverse and complex allusions to global issues; to nature, the environment and the future. The combination and use of materials is most significant: salt is played within its duel capacity to both corrode and preserve; rubber latex, which evokes skin in its softness, is also consciously chosen on the basis of being environmentally sound. Found objects and recycled materials are utilised with a similar consciousness, as well as a notable quirkiness.
ORB comprises 11 small rubber figures (all available in an edition of 10). These sculptures will, in time, all be transformed into life-size, animated sculptures, with sound, and will perform a giant absurd opera in a tent.
Miss World has already been magnified and has made her appearance in Cape Town and Johannesburg. In Durban she will be accompanied by 2 further characters, all of which will continue to travel to major centres in South Africa and beyond.
Latex and paint
2 x 6 x 8 cm