Artist:
Diek GROBLER
Technique:
oil on wood & pigment print
Dimensions:
50cm x 100cm
Year of creation:
2012
Weight:
1.00kg
Orientation:
portrait
My Terra Pericolosa series was a reaction to a diary of a friend, dating from the mid-seventies when he was a teena.. » View more

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My Terra Pericolosa series was a reaction to a diary of a friend, dating from the mid-seventies when he was a teenager fighting in the ‘border war’ in Angola. Written in a child’s notebook, the innocence, fear and uncertainty of a young boy thrust into an illogical ideological war becomes apparent through his comments and hand-drawn maps. He was totally in the dark about the life and death situation he was thrust into. I selected four pages from the book, and using a scraperboard technique – starting out with a blackened board, scraping away black paint – drew birds-eye view maps of the frightening imagined landscape inspired by his writings.
Diek Grobler’s art practice covers a variety of media and disciplines. Aside from his fine art practice, he has illustrated various children’s books, and has directed and produced several short animated films. In a career spanning 24 years, Diek Grobler has presented more than 15 solo-exhibitions of his work and has participated extensively in group exhibitions, on national and international level, a.o. the International Olympic Comitee art exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland(2004), as part of the South African Delegation to the Delphic Games, Kutching, Malaysia in 2005, Nine Dragonheads environmental art symposium, Cheong Ju City, South Korea(2004) and Bie/Bienne,Switzerland (2011), Group Exhibitions with the Korean Society of Illustrators in Prague and Peking(2002), and the 13th Annual Open Exhibition of the Royal Over-Seas League: Over-Seas House, London and Royal College of Art, Edinburgh(1996). His animated films, for which has received 4 international awards, has been included in the official programme of more than 40 international animation festivals,. Diek Grobler is a storyteller. His work is concerned with the everyday struggle of everyman. Very few of us live epic lives, and thus exploring epic subject matter would be arrogant and pretentious. Grobler explores the little disasters and small miracles which defines our mundane existence.


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