The Absa L'Atelier is South Africa’s most prestigious art competition. It rewards young artists between the ages of 21 and 35 with the opportunity to develop their talents abroad.

“Creativity takes hard work. It's our blood, sweat and tears that are the building blocks of all our artistic endeavours. It symbolises the hard work we put in and transforms what we have created from ordinary to extraordinary.” Paul Bayliss

Description: Circular copper piece. 800mm diameter. Constructed from tiny pieces of copper.

Statement: The Ouroboros symbolises the demi-god Aidophedo. It is the image of a serpent biting its own tail. In many African traditions that represents eternity, infinity, and even resurrection. The shed skin is here used to represent cyclical or co-dependant systems and beliefs, proposing that, reminding us that some, although beautiful have undesirable outcomes.

The choice of copper expresses the African context, and the dependence on and an economy based in raw materials meeting a value system dependant on non physical information. The material sustains two systems simultaneously, reflecting the co-dependence and co-existence of physical and conceptual value.