Marolize Southwood’s work stems from a fascination with the constructed reality we humans have created for ourselves. The artist explores this notion through the use of spaces and objects. In her work, new realities and narratives are created through unusual pairings of the two. The resulting images invite viewers to explore potential meanings and links between the depicted objects.
By using familiar objects in unusual pairings, the artist aims to create a subtle absurdity in her work. In constructing a reality that is slightly absurd but also familiar, the objects and their connotations reflect the very real issues we face as a species due to our technological devices. Ultimately, the works in 'In All Seriousness' are unserious paintings about serious matters, hidden behind bright colours and painterly depictions.