Regardt van der Meulen is a practicing artist who currently resides in Johannesburg. He received his BFA from the University of Cape Town in 2008.
Regardt’s work is inspired by time, memory and mortality. He is intrigued by not only the decay of human life but also the erosion of our surroundings. Through all stages of birth, growth, fruition and death the inevitable element of decay and mortality is present.
People habitually live with a misled sense of security, the illusion that our environment or civilisation is de- pendable, trustworthy and static. Often times the dangers and violence of the current world we live in inter- rupts and the illusion of safety is exposed.
The deconstructed series is a metaphor for not only the vulnerability of one’s physical body but also one’s emotional and mental state. He used steel as a medium which is usually associated with the impression of unmoving strength. He sculpted each gure in a way that creates the notion that they are incomplete, melting or being pulled apart, deconstructed by a force either from within or without.