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Axis Mundi
Tree of Sorrow/Tree of Joy

Artwork date(s): 2010

Stephan Erasmus

Medium: Ink on paper and solander box
Measurements: 500mm x 330mm x 330mm
Edition: Unique

Type: South African Artists Book

Place publication: (Johannesburg, RSA)
Publisher: The artist
Pages: unpaged

Reference noteThe book entitled Axis Mundi: Tree of Sorrow/ Tree of Joy draws on the cross-cultural symbol of what is termed the Tree of Life in Christian Mysticism. The tree is one of the many manifestations of this symbol and depicts a point where heaven, earth and the underworld meet, with the branches reaching into heaven, the trunk moving through earth and the roots digging deep into the underworld.

The Axis Mundi in this work is constructed from re-written Afrikaans love poems, and explores the various authors' emotions concerning the joys and sorrows of weaving through love.

This Tree – an illustration of the Axis Mundi – becomes a central point, a place of ‘onement' where several opposite positions meet.

Exhibition notesIncluded on the exhibition 'Transgressions and Boundaries of the Page', exhibited at WOORDFEES 2010. Archive Room in JS Gericke Library, University of Stellenbosch, 1st - 6th March 2010; The Gallery of the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 15th April - 13th May 2010; the FADA Gallery, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, 12th – 30th July 2010.

Ref: DP10/78

Images courtesy Wessie van der Westhuizen NWU
Total images: 3

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