Elmaire Lateman is a South African painter. She was born in Durban in 1983 and graduated with an honours degree in fine Arts from the University of Stellenbosch in 2005. She is currently completing her Masters via Unisa.
Elmarie’s latest body of work represents a shift from previously explored figurative physical surroundings to the depiction of emotional consciousness. These oil paintings reflect an emotional state of being and portray aspects of escapism, especially amongst youth within a contemporary context.The work has taken on the discourse of distorting reality into an emotional experience rather than a physical reality. Each scene is depicted from a scenario that resembles either the reason or the act of escapism, or escapism itself. Inspired by early Expressionism, the paintings represent not objective reality, but rather the subjective emotions and responses that people, objects and events tend to inspire.
Elmarie accomplishes this through distortion, exaggeration, and fantasy, as well as through the vivid, jarring, violent, or dynamic application of formal elements. “I simply subtract and portray my life as being lived each moment in an emotive sometimes subjective way, anything and everything can be my inspiration to a new idea and artistic concept”.
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