Engage with Eddie Botha 04: Once Upon A Time โ€“ Interaction

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โ€œIn my early twenties I discovered Walter Battis. I developed a great love for his work and ideas, his childlike freedom of expression. I loved the expressionistic impressionism in his work, all with a childlike playfulness. I became quite intrigued by rock art. As 3 of my grandparents passed away in a period of 5 years or so during my teens, I became very aware of the passing of time and generations. What have gone before me. Hence the idea of rock art became important to me and how they captures the essence of an artwork with so little. Andy Warhol became an influence later on. I loved his bold colors and simplicity. Street art became an important influence since we moved to Australia about 11 years ago since I became involved with the local scene. I love the looseness and spontaneity of the works and draw similarities between street art and rock art. Recently I discovered Jonas Burgert, a German painter whos works I adore. Its very different to mine. The dream like nightmarish childish compositions is so amazing. There are similarities in some of his compositions to my artworks but his style is very different. We share the idea of a rather chaotic and crazy world out there perhaps.โ€ โ€“ Eddie Botha @eddiebotha

After creating interactive and rearrangeable artworks, explore the nature of interaction itself. What happens when humans interact with the world around them? What prompted or restricted these interactions? Various psychological studies on human interaction with the world and with other humans. The current scientific research on young babies provides clues for the next development. It seems that from birth, the child has a purposeful interaction with the target environment: not only obtaining food, etc., but also trying to build an understanding of the world. Will the world do other special things? โ€œThis very early and basic form of interaction was carried out without a common language, just by guiding the world and observing what happened: trying to find patterns

Reference: Art, Interaction and Engagement; Ernest A. Edmonds; De Montfort University; Conference Paper; August 2011; DOI: 10.1109/IV.2011.73 ยท Source: IEEE Xplore

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Courtesy of the artist โ€“ Eddie Botha

1. Busy Ness, 2019; Indian Ink on Mixed Media Board; 11 11/16 x 8 ยผ in. (29,7 x 21 cm.)

2. Yours Free, 2018; Indian Ink on mixed media paper; 29 ยฝ x 22 1/16 in. (76 x 56 cm.)

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