From an eco-feminist perspective I am continuously observing and absorbing the urban environment – that is the environments we create – and how these spaces evolve or devolve in a time of urgent environmental shift. I’m interested in how matter – every thing, both organic and artificial – becomes something else in sympoesis. This informs my abstract and speculative fabulations for surviving current times.
I am intrigued by how humanised activity on earth creates a binary between nature and society and how this dynamic is continually evolving. I see my work as a fiction of space and place contineously imagining and speculating fabulations. It illustrates the fluctuation between the environments we create and the supposed natural realm. I am interested in processes, matter, intersectional spaces, hybrid environments, pataphysics, sympoiesis and urban ecology in the time of environmental shift and with an emergent need to stay with the trouble.
Io Makandal (b. 1987) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Working primarily with drawing and installation, her practice is concerned with processes, entropy, the binary between nature and artifice, living and dying, ephemerality and decay, urban ecology and hybrid environments during a time of climate change and environmental shift. She has exhibited both locally and internationally and her work is a part of several private, public and institutional collections.