The city of Cape Town, with its areas of pristine nature interlocking with dense human habitation, provides a rich and diverse engagement for this artist. Parsons' paintings of Cape fynbos, the vegetation that is endemic to the Cape Peninsula, are a significant part of her exploration of brush mark, colour and light.
A city is a reflection of the choices that society has made over time. Parsons' urban landscape paintings document the relationship between our values and our occupation of the land. Cultivated gardens, degraded public land and the grass verges of our suburbs are landscapes that lack the grandiosity of the pristine. The plants that inhabit these urban man-made spaces are a visual language all of their own. They speak of our history, our politics and the ways in which we engage with nature.
Work on showGrounded, RK Contemporary, 32 Main Street, Riebeek Kasteel. 9th - 31 July 2020. View online https://rkcontemporary.com/exhibitions/jenny-parsons-grounded-riebeek-kasteel/
RMB Turbine Art Fair, Online 27th August - 2nd September 2020.