Interconnectedness and Process

Interconnectedness and Process in Cleone Cull’s Visual Art by Prof Bert Olivier

This  paper  is  an  interpretation  of  the  recent  work  of  the  Eastern  Cape,  Port  Elizabeth  artist,  Cleone  Cull, through what one may call a ‘close looking’ at the works in question (that would parallel ‘close  reading’  of  a  literary  text).  Such  a  ‘looking’  yields  an  interpretive  grasp  of  her  works  which has the primary impression of a ‘dynamic equilibrium’ as its point of departure, which further lends itself   to   being   interpreted   through   what   it   itself   suggests   in   the   guise   of   visually   and   chromatically   instantiated  markers.  The  preponderant,  pervasive  visual  motif  running  through  these  works  is  that   of   interconnectedness   and   process   –   a   percept   (perceptual   counterpart   of   ‘concept’)   which   further   lends  itself  to  a  number  of  mutually  resonating  interpretations,  framed  in  terms  of  familiar  theoretical   complexes,   such   as   alchemy,   Tantra,   Jungian   depth   psychology   and   Zen   Buddhism.   But   the   most   persuasive,  and  accommodating,  philosophical-­theoretical  matrix  suggested  by  the  visual  features  of   Cull’s  works  is  the  philosophical  ontology  of  Deleuze  and  Guattari,  as  articulated  in  Anti-­Oedipus,   which  therefore  comprises  the  major  thread  of  this  interpretive  essay.  

Key   words:   art,   interconnectedness,   process,   alchemy,   Cleone   Cull,   Deleuze,   desiring-­machines,   Guattari,  Jung,  Tantra,  Zen

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