The major pursuit of alchemists for millennia was the transmutation of base metals, such as lead and tin into noble metals such as silver or gold. This concept underpins the current work of artist Lisette Forsythe who takes the discarded materials of modern life and transmutes their surfaces into artefacts with a powerful appeal to current artistic sensibilities. Scarred wood, rusted steel, battered metal and builder’s planks are all grist to her grinder, her saw and her paint brushes.
The story of each piece is transmutation, the outcome is enchantment. ~ Dermod Judge
About the work
“I paint to fill the need to create, constantly experimenting with media and subject matter. The compulsion to recycle pushes me towards mixed media. Cape Town and its people provide contradictions and contrasts to work from. Every day is an inspiration. The need to revel and reflect life's beauty drives me to create, to share the delight in the seemingly ordinary.” ~ Lisette
The artworks that Lisette creates, takes the ordinary and transforms it into the extraordinary. Most of her works are created on recycled material and the history that it carries tells a story, which she relates and incorporates into her subject matter. She uses her skills as a photographer to capture people and moments in and around Cape Town, from which she draws her inspiration for the images she paints. Her work is an exploration of being human within an urban existence in South Africa and she manages to capture both the beauty and the struggle of it.