"A few days before the lockdown began, I came to the realization that the only creative activity I might be able to engage myself in would be drawing. I cut some canvas into pieces and made drawings with pastels. I then started working on board, a surface that allowed the pastel to reveal a much deeper, saturated colour than when applied to canvas. I began to add layers of pastel to obtain more complexity and subtlety. The work began to have the effect of painting, where colour blends with canvas to create a multidimensional, singular reality. I quickly understood that the themes and imagery of my drawings were connected to the global pandemic. Ghostlike figures, predatory beasts, viruses and sickly figures reflected a world of fear, chaos and uncertainty." - Roger Ballen
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