His sculptures and paintings are such fine examples of how fluidity can be so clearly reflective in anything nebulous. His language of art that he so effortlessly communicates with entices one and all. Meet Jacques Müller, the young maverick artist from Pretoria, the Republic of South of Africa…
I think the symbiosis between the materials I use, play an integral part in the universal communication process.
Metal and stone are both vital elements of existence. Man has associated with these core derivatives from within the depths of the earth’s being, since the beginning of time, therefore, I think is it easier for people to associate and relate to my work.
When working with and changing the structure of these earthly gifts, it releases an energy captured since the birth of life.
I feel my work emphasizes all aspect of life; industrial archaeology, the perfect imperfection of man and the beauty in the inevitability of transience.
If I look back now, I realize that I was destined to be a creator of some kind.
I was always fascinated by the psychology of the human mind, but as I grew older I realised that no man will ever fully comprehend the depths of this ocean we call the human psyche.
I grew up with images of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Taj Mahal and the San (Bushman) rock paintings, found in caves and rock walls across South Africa.
I recall my grandmother taking me to museums and monuments. I always had to touch and feel the brilliance of these creations.
Gandhi for me emphasizes the raw, unpretentious, incorruptible, innocent essence of what a human being is supposed to be in a perfect world, of love, compassion and mutual respect for our fellow human beings. I thought it imperative to create my own representation of this humble man with such a noble aspiration.
The last 15 years was a strenuous and very emotional growth process in finding myself and my purpose to make art. To believe in myself and my creator, keeps me grounded. One must be grateful, remain humble and consistent in the quality of work one creates -if it is meant to be, your destiny will find you.
In all my years of making art,
If you allow yourself to fail, learn and look at yourself objectively, be your own worst critic, there’s scope for improving.
As soon as you accept your purpose and stop over analysing, become confident, emotional, creative and intellectual growth will follow.
I was and will always be greatly inspired by Michelangelo’s stone work. It’s a miracle that a man can reduce a block of stone and so close to the perfection which nature has trouble forming with flesh.
Art in South Africa, as in every part of the globe, is a very competitive and tough industry. Personally I think your average South African is culturally uneducated and unrefined where art is concerned.
We grew up with a Calvinistic, rigid, perception that was projected upon us by a socially ignorant male society that artists were homosexual, antisocial and much too liberal for conservative South African social views. This is a very negative aspect and a discussion for another time.
In general, at this stage in time I think people are slowly getting more educated regarding art. South Africa has world renowned artists of all socio economic backgrounds, and there are various initiatives in the development of young, up and coming artists throughout the country, but I think we are still a very long way to get on the same level of creative respect as in Europe and the East.
Art appreciation is simply not a household necessity in your general South Africans upbringing. This is sad, but only time and education can change this.
I believe it is crucial for artists from all walks of life to respect and support one another and to unite in creating a universal language that will educate and hopefully make a global difference in regards to creative appreciation.
I am currently busy with so many things at once; at night I paint and work on concepts for my sculptures and in the day I work on new words and metaphors that denotes every piece I make.
Every day that passes, is another letter and word in the dictionary of my language.