About

Ferdinand Kidd was born in Cape Town, South Africa which is where he currently lives and works. He has recently completed his MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) degree at the University of Stellenbosch under the supervision of Dr Elizabeth Gunter. His exhibitions include a solo show Introverted Explorations at Brundyn and Gonsalves in Cape Town and various other group shows in and around Stellenbosch and Cape Town.

“Somewhere between the concepts of the sublime, surreality, dystopia, the archetype, and the collective and individual unconscious, I find myself drawing from different levels of experience. My subjects are often dislocated from “the real” and therefore take on a “new” or “other” character. Through transcending mimesis, this transformation yields a “gestalt”. This new subject/object provides me with an aesthetic arena wherein I can create a “dream-world” of contemporary and iconic archetypes. Most of the objects (once monumental constructs of a modern utopia) now occupy uninhabited spaces and are charged with nostalgia. My work is about an existential pathos in a contemporary world that carries potent traces of the grand modernist constructs. I heighten the tension between what is external and what is perceived to be external. My art is thus an introverted extroversion and at the same time an extroverted introversion. I use the external world of my experiences as a tool to follow the Augustinian doctrine of: “Do not wish to go out; go back into yourself. Truth dwells in the inner man” ”