My name is Corne Theron

I´m a visual artist from South Africa

Why did you become an artist?

Being an artist is woven into my being and I feel that I am my true self when I am creative.

How did you get into art? How did it all start?

I became an artist after being a property attorney for a few years. Some personal traumatic experiences brought me to the place where I started to take art classes and from the first class, I knew that I wanted to do this for a living. I started painting pixels because we were involved in fostering a boy, and I saw how a system that does not function organically, can destroy individuality. I had a passion to show colours individually and create a space for them on the canvas.

What was the highlight in your art career so far?

It is difficult to single out one specific experience, because they have all been building blocks to get me where I am in my career in the moment.

If you were not an artist - what would be your profession, what was your childhood dream if not being an artist?

I might have been a non-profit activist on behalf of children in need.

Who or what has inspired you most in your life?

In terms of my work, I am fascinated by water and neuroplasticity, and the effect water has on us psychologically.

Which person outside art do you admire? And for what?

I enjoy biographies of people who have overcome impossible odds, so Helen Keller has always been a favourite.

Which 5 things would you take with you to a desert island?

A deserted island, or a desert island?

Which three people you would like to have for an evening at your dinner table?

Gerhard Richter, Berthe Morisot, Josef Albers.

What would you regret at the end of your life not having done?

I try not to think like that, and to take every opportunity that I can.

What is the best work of art ever in your opinion and why?

It is impossible to single out one specific work, but I absolutely admire Gerhard Richter's pixellated stained glass window for the cathedral in Cologne. I am in awe of the colours, scale and concept.

If you had the chance for a 1-year art residency which country would you choose and why?

France, because of it's link to impressionism and also because I have a French lineage.

How do you spend your time if you are not creating art – which other passions do you have?

Travelling, reading, architecture.

My message to the world

I think meaning derived from my work should be inferred, not imposed, so I am hesitant to translate into one statement what my message is. It is better to look at my work and derive your own meaning from that.

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