Tragedy can propel people to change the direction of their lives, externally or internally. After South African based artist Lyndi Sales‘ father was killed in an airplane crash, she began exploring issues about the the fragility of our existence, death and cosmology. In her latest show “Apperception” now showing at the Toomey Tourell Fine Art in San Francisco, the artist presents a body of work with many pieces resembling cracked glass – a spider web of fissures. Her mixed-media works are made of intricately cut, painted and pinned paper. Each organic line winds itself into a maze of other lines until it is transformed beyond recognition and lost.
In the artist’s words, “I am interested in vision and perception, but also in connectivity. I am interested in the fabric of what holds things together. It seems that if one’s eye is cast to this, the full potential of the imagination comes to bear on the everyday. Life is so fragmented, and full of distortions, yet it is also connected, resonant. The macrocosm is reflected in the microcosm. I generally interfere with the patterns I use – this process is partly playful, but it also introduces a way for me to build a certain kind of entropy or chaos or tension into something that is stable like a given system or code. The work is a result of a wrestling process of perception – I interpret and reinvent the pattern over and over again as I finalize the work.”