Sanctuary – A lithograph by Eunice Geustyn

May 10, 2008


I splashed out yesterday and purchased this beautiful lithograph. I found it hidden in-between other works at my favorite Gallery in Cape Town – The 3rd Eye Gallery. This lithograph is number 7 of 12,  it is 1000mm x 700mm (quite big) and dated 1995.


This work spoke to me on several levels. I was mainly captivated by the title “sanctuary” which can conjure up thoughts of comfort, protection and the sacred place. However, in contrast, what we find is a sense of caged, caught and captured represented in this work.

AVA (Association of visual Arts) discribes the work of Eunice Geustyn as follows: “The major impetus of this body of work is the evocation of philosophical and aesthetic metaphors which seek the residual quality of spiritual moments that link humankind and nature in indisputable ways by the recognition of spaces, objects, forms and events that describe sacred places- repositories of religion, nature and culture. One of the major recurring elements is the motif of woven structures; weaving, spindle whorls, spiders and maze patterns function as symbols of the creative, formative power of nature and the ideology that all life, including humankind, is either bound or linked or woven together, alluding to the consequences of hubris and neglect with elements of death, decay and endangered species.”


7 Responses to “Sanctuary – A lithograph by Eunice Geustyn”

  1. Russ Says:


    thanks for the call – i was looking forward to seeing the lithograph this morning and really like it. where are you going to hang it in the house? i look forward to visiting 3rd Eye with you when i’m in kaapstad next.

    till later, R.

  2. Russ

    We running out of wall space at home and at the office!! It will either hang in our bedroom or the kitchen

  3. Its beautiful.

    It makes me wonder how often we build walls and structures to make our own emotional sanctuary and before we know it the structures of that sanctuary have become cages to hamper our freedom and happiness.

    I wonder if the eggs are being guarded to keep them safe from harm or if they are being caged? Is the woven wall in the background a shelter or another obstacle to freedom?

  4. nic paton Says:

    Yeah – I wonder about that too. Is it a protection or a limitation?

    What I also observe is that the technology used is rudimentary – sticks and rope. Our lives are propped up on layer upon layer of “hi” tech – the market supply chain, cars, home systems, entertainment etc.

    The eggs are being protected in a place very simple and natural.

  5. Nic, WeBe and Russ

    Thanks for your thoughts. I agree with the conflict found in the “comfort of the cage”. I sense, as did Nic, the materials used are rudimentary as a result of the desolation of the environment.


  6. timvictor Says:

    As people we make sanctuaries to imprison what we’d destroy. It’s a stunning pic and a sobering commentary.

  7. Liesel Says:

    for more of Eunice Geustyn’s work.

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