Theresa Jo “Die Obsessie- Die Emmer” (Woordfees 2019)

Artwork by Theresa Jo. “5 x 5” monoprint on hahnemuhle paper. Artwork depicts the chore mostly done by women of carrying buckets of water to their loved ones. Spot the small buckets!

Be sure not to miss Theresa Jo’s exhibition “Die Obsessie- Die Emmer” at this years Woordfees on until 9 March 2019.
The only way Capetonians can survive the drought is by cultivating an obsession with water. And to save every drop you need a bucket. A bucket is an object in which you can carry and store water, a century old symbol once again entering our psyches. The artist’s use of buckets is a deep recognition of women who have been carrying water in buckets for years. Buckets are depicted on the worthless paper of Cape telephone directories – an icon of the past that, just like water, we saw as a self-evident commodity. The paper with its lists of people and addresses has been raised from the background mounting and placed under glass. The paper that is usually wasted, like water, now enjoys a raised status. A clay bucket, the inside of which has been glazed, reflects glittering water – water is gold!