March 2023 Louise Rash
Louise Rash has no formal art education and, nor qualification. She stitches together snippets and snatches she gleans from numerous workshops into her non-representational watercolours and fabric art, her crochet work and her gardening.
She currently teaches academic writing and English literature online at a university in far north-eastern China, and enjoys learning about the diversity of cultures on the Asian continent.
Art is a continuous journey of exploration for Rash. In her sketch book, Journeying through Landscapes, she explores a time of transitions in her artwork: a transition to Amber Valley and KZN Midlands landscapes, an acceptance of decreased mobility, and to seeing whatever landscape she can access as a potential art reference. For her, the resolution lies in a transition towards increasing abstraction.
Realistic paintings generally attempt to replicate or represent nature’s beauty and harmony, and depend on a particular scene as a starting point to copy. Abstract landscapes rely less on a starting point and explore unknown territories. However, they do depend on an understanding of line, composition, shape, colour and tonal contrasts. Rash mainly uses watercolours, which flow in unexpected directions, adding a further dimension to abstraction.