INTERVIEWED BY Michaela Stehr PHOTOS Shavan Rahim
Local abstract installation artist Lisa Swanepoel uses her passion for colour and light in one of her latest projects, recently exhibited in New York City.
What was your inspiration behind the Blue Butterfly?
I see the world in colour, shape and light. I use light, exploiting it for reflection and refraction, creating illusion and confusion in the multitude of layers and clustering. I seek out inspiration in my trips to New York and Washington. The grand-scale digital light and infinity shows are spectacular and trigger creativity in a new world of installations.
Explain the process behind creating this piece?
The colour is enhanced by changing LED lights on Perspex, and metallic and glittery rainbow vinyl lends the final product a radiant, magical effect. The luminosity is the result of LED light combined with mirror and neon translucent Perspex, but a 3D element is vital for the shimmer and dazzle I’m after. The added colour explosion is achieved by rolling RGB lights to transform it into the colours of the rainbow.
Tell us about the exhibition that Blue Butterfly formed a part of?
The Butterfly LED installation was exhibited at Carlton Fine Arts in New York. I was thrilled about this as this gallery exhibits works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst and Keith Haring.
For more information, visit lisaswanepoel.com.