Artist Chris Slabber plunges deep into dreamlike imagery as well as surrealism in his collection called Destruction/Creation, a series of what the South African calls “sculpture paintings”. Slabber straddles the thresholds between dimensions in what is a richly textured body of work that explores the intersecting, but constant forces nature of the universe.
Slabber’s forms seem like apparitions that emerge from clouds of ash. To do this he makes use of the dramatic interactions that occur when paint is dropped into water. While the colorful spirals of paint are already hypnotic to gaze at, Slabber raises the creative bar further. He works some digital magic into the images to produce human forms that seem to materialize from the unreal and colorful swirls of paint. Slabber’s Destruction/Creation comes from a philosophical viewpoint that the birth or dawning of something new can manifest itself even whilst it is in the midst of destruction.
In the artist’s own words:
“The idea behind this series was to show that from Destruction comes Creation. As the paint falls there is a constant point of creation, but at the same time it destroys itself. “
Graceful curves and swirls are artfully connected and linked to the germination of faces as well as the female figure. Unmistakable and yet obscured women’s likenesses become visible in incredibly ethereal plumes of color, suggesting the manifestation of sublime beings. Destruction/Creation is a hauntingly beautiful collection of work, and surrealism is certainly something Slabber did not develop overnight, as he relates below.
“I grew up in the small South African town of Oudtshoorn at the heart of the Klein Karoo. This was where I gained my love for Surrealism and surrounding genres. I started off studying fine arts from a young age and eventually began too apply this knowledge in a more design like way.”
See his Destruction/Creation here.