Simon Max Bannister is a South African visual artist practicing sculpture in the field of land art. He is currently based at Londolozi Game Reserve as artist in residence. While keeping a diversity in materials, his style is unique and his passionate creativity is in tune with the climate of our challenging times.He has realized multiple private commissions, works for wine estates, game reserves and educational facilities. Simon Max Bannister has participated in events such as Infecting the City, Site_Specific, Afrika Burns, the South African National Arts Festival and was recently awarded Wildlife Artist of the year by the David Shepherd foundation.
Sight, insight, instinct, intuition … these are the tools of the animal.
Nature is the muse, nature is the material, nature is the canvas.
I work at connecting the lines of my existence.
I work at merging with the materials that make me.
I work at evolving the idea of what sculpture is.
I have strange totems to guide me,
oracles of fascination,
fragments of inspiration.
I watch how life flows,
I watch how it grows,
I watch so I can truly know.
The Orb spider sets its trap,
the vine reaches higher,
the scarab rolls on.
I set fire to my work.
I let it go.
Embers rise and the ashes are scattered.
There are no walls to my gallery.
No cocktails for this exhibition.
My audience is blind,
but the world can see.