The Monochrome Chronicles: Amor Coetzee
Posted: 13 July 2017
Local artist and photographer Amor Coetzee has become known for her finely detailed illustrations, dreamy photography and minimalist ceramics, all of which she showcases through her online shop Dayfeels. Over and above this, what caught our eye was her obvious love for black and white, a palette we've been exploring extensively online this month as well as in the July 2017 issue of House and Leisure. The inspiration for Coetzee's work stems from a deep appreciation for the South African landscape, particularly the ocean. Her creations call to mind the hues, ripples and reflections of water. We chat to the up-and-coming creative to find out more. We’ve noticed that you like to work in black and white. Why is this? I've always been drawn to muted tones for their subtle and gentle nature and timeless quality. The use of negative space fascinates me and I've found that working with black and white opens up incredible opportunities to explore the way one can utilise it within art and design. How does black emphasise design, and your illustrations and ceramics in particular? I think black has always added a certain timeless quality to design and my work. Black can also call for attention in the most subtle way, drawing a viewer in to experience the small details that often go overlooked. Have you ever considered exploring the opposite end of the spectrum and going all-out with bold colour in your work? I've tried and failed miserably! The sheer spectrum and choices of colours out there can be quite overwhelming. I'm an unusually curious person by nature and can become quite obsessive when exploring new avenues, so I've learned to focus more on subtleties to tame and tone things down as they could easily get out of hand. Who are some of the artists working in black and white that you admire? Internationally, I love Robert Longo, Ruth Asawa, Alina Vergnano, Henri Matisse and Aubrey Beardsley. Locally, one of my favourites is Alexandria Karakashian. Visit dayfeels.co.za for more of Amor Coetzee's work.