Lerentia Basson obtained her BA (Ed) Arts degree from the University of Pretoria.
She then studied and worked with the distinguished sculptor Charles Gotthard.
In 1990 she left for Europe and learned the craft of cartapesta from a master craftsman in Florence Italy.
On her return to South Africa she relocated to Langebaan, Western Cape where for 4 years she managed
and worked from the West Coast Arts Guild gallery, the Agios Nikolaos Gallery.
Lerentia presently lives in Bloubergstrand, creating ceramics and mixed media sculptures.
Lerentia Basson Art Statement - Elusive concepts in solid form.
“My world and life is covered in a thin layer of clay dust and that I accept, for I love clay, the smell, the feel, the texture, the possibilities….
Malleable like the ether, waiting to be molded into what the mind and emotion can conceive.To be sintered into reality and stone, by fire.
I am inspired by reading esoteric and mystical sciences and am compelled to try and capture in solid form, these elusive concepts.
Certain themes regularly run through my work:"
1. Part of the Whole: All life and life forms are interconnected. Every action and reaction is interwoven with all life and has consequences that ripple through time and space.
2. Creative beings: When we know and correctly apply the laws of correct thinking we constantly create and recreate our own reality.
3. Totems: Learning from other life forms and calling on their protection and knowledge - again interconnectedness.
4. Masks: Personas we create and recreate as we travel through life. They are also thrust upon us by circumstance and environment. We use them to impress, to portray ourselves and to hide behind. They may be beautiful and elaborate or strong and plain.
"What I live for and like most about being an artist is the little scratchy feeling in the gut when something really creative starts developing and it is again time to PLAY!”