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Rory Prinsloo was born in Johannesburg 1964

Rory works from his studio in Johannesburg Lanseria as well as his studio in Italy.

When I begin creating a piece of art, I do it to share the ideas and thoughts I have about the human condition, and to garner attention to myself. There is a need to be significant in the world, and I’m not afraid to admit that my art is ego driven.

I’m not sure if I have ever started work on a piece of art, that had a clear intent or purpose. My motivation generally works in the exact opposite direction. Artworks that I encounter, that move or affect me significantly, do so in way that can’t really be explained in words. It is my experience of art’s transience that has led me to make artworks that don’t speak of neatly defined moments. They can’t be translated instantly. Perhaps, this is because I am an artist and not a wordsmith. And I’m not sure words exist that aptly describe the impact of viewing the great works of art, in the flesh so to speak.

I’m content that art should be purely a visual thing. I’m content with the effect art has right there in front of the viewer, in the very moment; and I’m comfortable that sometimes the experience can’t be properly remembered or predicted. I aspire to execute work that has these sorts of qualities -- if aspiration would be an intent, then that would be mine.

But I can’t say that is why I start making an artwork. I think the intangible quality, that I hope would be present in my work, is only attained by not striving for it. One has to allow the magic in, without drawing attention to it – so it’s a bit of a double bind. In some ways, it’s like meditating: the harder you try, the harder it is to achieve. Then ultimately, it just happens of its own accord.

Likewise, the artworks I have produced, that I am most satisfied with, arrived of their own accord, despite any intent I may have had regarding their purpose. They are pieces of my journey in which, whatever I encounter around me, I process as potential subject matter. I try putting thoughts and ideas into notebooks for referral when I have time in the studio. Then, the alchemy of artistic process and thought is profoundly stimulating. It is never ending.

The studio is where I attempt to create an expression of an idea, it is the engine room of my creative expression. The studio is full of stuff: sculpting tables and jigs, easels, work tables, an etching press, books, plan files, tools et cetera.

It is in my studio where I let loose the idea. Whatever medium I choose requires some alchemy because, as I have noticed, I never follow the same process. It is these unintentional detours that allow me to delve into new territory. I can’t seem to avoid going on a tangent, and as a result the process, for me, never quite finishes. I have to force myself to stop, and to call it complete.

To freely explore the abundance of the universe one has to accept that the artistic process, besides being profoundly stimulating, is never ending. One simply cannot say, “I have arrived.”

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