Winners Circle | Sasol New Signatures

Winners Circle

Winner 2012
Ingrid Jean Bolton

28 August 2013 - 13 October 2013

We live as individuals but are part of the whole. We are the micro within the macro, but we become more of the macro when we connect. We connect via phones and the Internet to access individuals, companies and organizations. We join, we link and we visit. We communicate from extreme ends of the globe, instantly. All these connections are made possible because of the conductive ability of copper, on which we rely for transmission.

The network of connectivity is a web of cables laid above and below us, easily accessible and stolen. With the growing demand for copper, resulting in the increased price, interruptions are happening more frequently due to cable theft. Commuters are stranded, electricity is cut and connections are severed.

In this exhibition copper is deconstructed, broken down into individual strands and then reconstructed in various ways.  In much the same way as the Italian Arte povera artist Alighiero Boetti explored building materials, I explore copper. My work investigates how the global demand for copper has micro and macro implications for South Africans as well as and the greater global community.

Materials: Various copper shapes, cable, granulated copper, copper leaf, metal boxes
Dimentions: 40 x 40 x 40
Properties of Copper
Materials: Digital print on Hahnemuhle, copper cable, pins
Dimentions: 60 x 44
Materials: Digital print on Hahnemuhle, copper cable pins
Dimentions: 44,5 x 59
Materials: Copper cables, aluminium ties
Dimentions: Variable


Ingrid Jean Bolton

The artwork represents a construction of microscopic diatoms made from delicate porcelain, representing a ball, suspended above a circular tray of oil. The work concerns itself with the fragility of the micro world but manages to echo back into that which becomes universal. The whiteness of the porcelain pieces reflect into the pool of used black motor oil on the floor, suggesting transience. The way the installation suspends above the circular oil tray requires balance and echoes the precarious dynamic of these organisms in nature. Their fragility reflects back to and becomes a metaphor for our own existence and the fleetingness of life. The fact that the diatoms die and over time become oil, embedded at the bottom of the ocean and in turn used as a human resource, is delicately executed and well balanced.

Mandy Martin

Strong references made to global ecology and the fleetingness thereof is a fresh, new and innovative concept not explored fully on the African continent as yet. Like the winning work, the artist references similar iconologies but on a grander scale. Here references are made to cross sections through trees, Trembling Giant being one of the oldest living trees in the Fish Lake area, USA. Constructed entirely from paper and paper pulp, the works are thinly constructed and ethereal in nature. The works reflect shadows onto the wall behind them evoking a sense of spirituality. This spiritual approach represents the thin space we as humans find ourselves in, forcing our existence upon nature but not knowing what nature may have in store for us. The delicate approach to the work and the process thereof afford these works a timelessness which is powerful and transcendental in nature.


A special thank you to our judges.

Sasol and the Association of Arts would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the Sasol New Signatures judges, both regionally and nationally, who give of their valuable time to evaluate and select the winners from the hundreds of entries received.

Thank you for your great contribution to the success of this magnificent exhibition.