© 2019 JONI BRENNER

Photography variously by Natasha Christopher, Bob Cnoops, Thys Dullart, James Fox, John Hodgkiss, Greg Marinovich, Liz Whitter and Graeme Williams.

 

Website: Danel van Jaarsveld | Triple M Design

SKULLS

BELLIES

BRONZES

PORTRAITS

PRINTS

I began working on the bellies – or navel series – during a residency in 2010 at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. In my temporary studio there I had neither model nor skull to work from, and so turned attention to my own body. In retrospect the navel, that remnant of the life-giving umbilical cord, is deeply tied to the cyclical nature of life, loss, and change, so embedded in all portraits. Notwithstanding two early relief sculptures of bellies, they have thus far remained limited to works in watercolour.