Having spent most of her early childhood in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, Angela Briggs (b.1968, Keiskammahoek) employs the natural world as a starting point in her painting.
Briggs’ paintings suggest the possibility of something that we do not yet fully grasp by alluding to ways that memory, experience, and environment are connected. Fragments and layers coalesce in her imagery working together to form an idea of place. The paintings suggest an inescapable – and beguiling - entanglement with the natural world. The works invoke presence (rather than depict places or objects) and suggest elemental experiences: of being cradled by rock, adrift in water, surrounded by growth, dazed by colour.
Briggs has had several solo exhibitions including ‘Entangled’ (2013) at Commune.1 as well as ‘There but not there’ (2012) and ‘Flow’ (2010) at the AVA. She lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.