24/11/18 - 23/12/18



Ormond takes inspiration from architectural and organic forms, marring Cape Town’s layered history, social geographies and natural treasures.

Artist Statement

In 2010 I decided to sculpt a body of work which typified my ceramic expression and would be the content for a solo exhibition. The works are all sculptures within or upon sculptures. Each starts with a toroidal or a hollow square as its primary sculptural form, then by drawing inspiration from the familiar shapes of Cape Town new sculptural forms are added.

Symbolically significant; a circle speaks of cycles of time, life and nature itself. It’s an inclusive shape, has endless motion and it rocks and sways mimicking the sea which surrounds our peninsular city. The Square symbolises Earth and Mountain; the straight lines and angles fit our rational and constructive mind. Squares are rigid, dependable and fixed. A city is made up of natural and constructed forms which are the foundations on which we build our city lives. Cape Town is a place of sea and mountain.

Every citizen is activated by a city’s physical aspects in some way; it influences our work, habitat and recreation. These physical forms that influence our everyday lives have been the motivation for my works. Architecturally they include the corrugated township houses, our guardian lighthouses, city skyline, the harbour and its cranes, the trains, the Muizenberg beach huts and the cableway station and cars.

Cape Town is home to an inspiring natural heritage too; the protea kingdom, the passing whales, those leaning pines on Devil’s Peak and the clouds which race over Table Mountain in summer; van Hunks in smoking contest with the devil, Lion’s Head, the wind sculpted hero in the town square reminds us of the Cape Lions which once owned those slopes.

Our cultural heritage is also inspirational; the annual Cape Minstrel display, the fishing vessels of Kalk Bay and places of worship from the Christian, Islam and Jewish religions are dotted all over our city. History reveals that people from all three faiths were on the first colonial ships to arrive in Table Bay.

These forms are the backdrop of our city stage. As we play out our lives here in Cape Town we morph into a beings which move between the sea and the mountain slopes; part fish, part dassie.

-Belinda Ormond

Shape Town Press Release 24/11/2018