Karin Daymond is a painter who’s work is intensely rooted in the South African landscape.
“Although a work starts from a geographical point, it quickly becomes my inner space. I live within this space even during more mundane activities. I become involved with the possibilities of paint and design; how they can be used to describe an environment, but also how the marks, textures, patterns can capture the energy and rhythm of both the external and internal landscapes that I associate with a place” – Karin Daymond
Karin speaks of landscapes as having an emotional identity, for instance the vegetation in the Karoo is restrained and cautious, while the natural growth in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga is flamboyant. Through her techiquie of intensive mark-making, patterning and colour she is able create a world within another space.
“Sometimes a landscape enhances my sense of self and how I belong, and sometimes it’s the other way around” – Karin Daymond
She also explores a sense of belonging in her works and this has become a central concept, specifically looking at migrancy and refugeedom.
Daymond is based and works from her studio in Mpumalanga. Daymond taught for many years, however she began practising art full–time in 2008. She makes use of multiple mediums in her practise, primary large-scale oil painting, drawing and printmaking.
Daymond was born in 1967 in Durban, South Africa. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art from The University of KwaZulu-Natal and now lives and works in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.
Daymond’s works are included in many public and private collections, both in South Africa and internationally, namely the UNISA collection and the University of the North-West.
Image: Courtesy of artist