Jenny Parsons is an urban landscape painter working mostly in oil on canvas and chalk pastel.
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.
"For me, a landscape painting is not merely a visual representation of the world. It is a metaphor for the human condition, in all its mystery. I paint to try to make sense of the fragility of our world, the passing of time, and our shared experiences of light, air, colour and space. Painting the land continues to be a way of engaging with the strangeness of being here".
Parsons' latest paintings explore the existence of nature within the city. "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".
Island Apertures, an exhibition about Swartland Renosterveld. The Toffee Gallery, Darling Sweet, 7A Long Street, Darling, Western Cape.
On show from the 10th of February to the 25th of March, 2018.