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The Landscape of the Soul
“One of my favourite art heroes is Kurt Schwitters, a German artist, who early on in the 1930’s after the World Wars used collage and re-cycled scrap, which in new juxtapositions produced over 3000 delicate poetic visual statements out of leftovers, refuse, scrap paper and relics.”
Sybille sees the geography of the soul as a landscape, too - an internal one. Over the years, she has developed ingenious tools to enable others to experience their own inner territory.
A favourite quote about the soul is from W. B. Yeats “The Circus Animals’ Desertion”:
“Those masterful images because complete
Grew in pure mind, but out of what began?
A mound of refuse or the sweepings of a street,
Old kettles, old bottles, and a broken can,
Old iron, old bones, old rags, that raving slut
Who keeps the till. Now that my ladder’s gone,
I must lie down where all the ladders start
In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart.”
Sybille has remained true to this ethic of collecting well-loved, worn and re-cycled things, and has managed to build a retreat that embodies this philosophy in a stylish and heartfelt way.
“Building the structures was more like doing the largest 3-dimensional drawing I ever made. It’s quite different from working with an architect. Sure, we drew up a plan, and responded to the existing structures. But if I worked with a team of builders by day, after hours I rushed off to scour the nearest builders’ demolishers yard for doors and windows that felt right, to auctions for decor and furniture, to the rubbish-tip for scraps of metal, fence-posts, to animal welfare and charity shops for used bric a brac (fantastic fynbos-greygreen raw silk curtains for R15!), and dragged these treasures back over the hill to restore, combine and re-shape them for a new life in new combinations. So the way we worked was quite adventurous and somewhat unpredictable, a bit all over the place. Ultimately the process itself was very surprising and satisfying, because it helped me embed the artefacts into the building, and myself into the terrain, and to settle and become acquainted with my new life and station as a Keeper of the Wild….”