THE STONES SPEAK, THE MOSS WHISPERS
Inspired by our relationship to the natural world, and place within the web of life. We are part of nature, we are nature. There are memories, knowledge and wisdom in the stones, trees, sand, moss and on the wind. When we learn to tap into this – through the stories of elders, or intuitively with our own body – we discover a new tool, a new way of being, a new perspective. Which can lead to a tangible and visceral understanding of our place within the world.
April 2023, Ninette Steyl Gallery, Wilderness, South Africa.
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A body of work inspired by the notion that I as a human being am an organism, within an environment, and sharing this environment with many other organisms and species. We mostly aim to live in symbiosis, but often experience illness, imbalance or other disharmony.
APRIL 2016, StateoftheArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
WILD & STILL: expressions of the landscape
“Wildness ~ the sheer power and awe of waves crashing onto the beach or a storm raging in the sky. Stillness ~ in the silent beauty of mist, the curve of a shell and the fine details of an insect’s wing.”
June 2014, StateoftheArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
FEEL THE Earth Breathing, vFringe Visual Art Events, National Arts Festival, 2020
Feel the Earth breathing, a collection of drawings, mixed media art, and photography by Janet Botes, is inspired by an emotional response to moments spent in the forest, on the beach, and traveling. They represent the artist’s deep respect for and appreciation of the Earth’s biodiversity and the wisdom locked away in moments of silence – moments during which you can hear the song of the Earth and the sea if you listen carefully enough. Intentionally created as visual prayers, these artworks speak of connection and silent growth through natural cycles.
Selected group exhibitions
2023 // Nature Art Cube Exhibition ‘12x12x12+Nature’, Geumgang Nature Art Centre, Gongju, South Korea.
2023 // REIMAGINED, George Museum, South Africa.
2021 // EVOKING Art Experience, Ingrid Nuss Fine Art Gallery, Garden Route, South Africa.
2020 // RUST-EN-VREDE RESCUE, Fundraising Group Exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, South Africa.
2019 // Nature Art Cube Exhibition ‘12x12x12+Nature’, Geumgang Nature Art Centre, Gongju, South Korea.
2018 // Water, Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West, South Africa.
2017 // SPRING | UNTITLED. StateoftheArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2015 // It’s in my Nature… Exhibition by Janet Botes & Jaco Coetzee. Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West, South Africa.
2015 // Remembrance of Nature: 30 Nature Artists in the World, Geumgang Nature Art Centre, Gongju, S.Korea.
2014 // Equus. Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate, R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch, South Africa.
2014 // The industrial Karoo: FEAR & LOSS, curated by Katie Barnard du Toit. Oliewenhuis Art Museum, “The Reservoir”, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
2013 // Pieces & Puzzles: Compositions of human expression inspired by nature. Lovell Gallery, Woodstock, South Africa.
2013 // Encounters Annual Wildlife exhibition at the Cape Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2012 // Walk This Earth Alone, Gallery @ Grande Provence, Franschhoek, , South Africa.
2012 // HumanEarth III: First Material, US Gallery, University of Stellenbosch’s Woordfees, , South Africa.
2010 // VAN-Guard Winelands Group Exhibition, Durbanville Hills, South Africa. Curated and organized by VANSA.
2009 // Sangisa Sangisa, exhibition & group performance, VANSA Spin Space, Cape Town, South Africa.
2008 // Unified: Unpretty, Unclean, Underneath, Unnatural. Eat Your Words Artspace, Vereeniging, South Africa.
In collaboration with amazing fellow artists, I’ve coordinated two environment-focused exhibitions, of which the most recent also included workshops and talks for the public by leading ecologists from the area.