Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum: Battlecry
Battlecry is an exhibition of large-scale paintings on wood panel by the South Africa artist Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, which explores the artist's interest in archetypes originating in classical mythology, and transforms it into a persona and constantly changes himself throughout the creative process.
The artist focuses on “Heroes” to refine these mythological archetypes in the latest works, she interested in the fragility of heroes; heroes are both heroes and anti-heroes; they will suffer violence and cause violent victors and crimes, as well as in the moment when a hero cannot help becoming soft despite being on the battlefield, must walk inward, must cry.
Sunstrum uses pencils and oil paints to layer visual information to create images that exist in the form of a rich "citation collection-establishing a code in the meaning of the work". These references include post-colonial portraits and intertextual dialogues with art historical works, such as Robert S. Duncanson's romantic landscape paintings of the early 19th century, experiencing in nature and science has further enriched these references, covering the development of self-discovery.