In his “Underland” series, consisting of images in small and large format, the scenarios that Ryno de Wet visits in his dreams appear with a disturbing clarity. A dark deserted world in which the uncontrolled forces of nature have taken over the scene.
These snapshots capture the “after”, the post-world, and make us face our greatest fear: the end, death. A reality that accompanies us every day, consciously or unconsciously. A fear that the artist decides to deal with by undertaking this internal investigation through an
exercise of introspection.
“Underland” suggests what is beneath, concealed, hidden. The anguish we voluntarily cover up. Signs of the extinction of the planet that we want to avoid, the threat of a catastrophe, either natural or artificial. Buildings looming above the clouds, the mysterious stuff that rests under a dirty blanket.
Thanks to his mastery of photographic technique, the distribution of elements in the landscape and the compositional balance Ryno de Wet is able to realize his dreams on a two-dimensional frame. We are invited to enter them and share the feelings he has experienced with his eyes closed. Whether we like it or not, they are shared and common sensations.
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