Patterned works by Peter Mammes
Peter Mammes, born in Johannesburg in 1986, has always had an interest in macabre and absurdity; he began drawing as a young child and attended the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein.
Peter has worked as a puppeteer’s apprentice and a prop maker specializing in making hangman’s nooses for a few theatre productions. He has exhibited extensively, in several solo exhibitions too.
Peter travels to find the imagery and patterns he uses in his work. He collects medical instruments, especially birth instruments. He is influenced by Kathe Kolwitz, Helnwein, Van Gogh and Klimt.
He works with a paintbrush and black ink. His drawings are icons, the placeholders for his “concepts”. As Peter stated, drawing are placed in symmetrical patterns because the “universe is symmetrical”, patterns are his way to capture chaos.
Triumph prosthetics for the people, 2014. Courtesy of Peter Mammes
Antagonism, 2012. Courtesy of Peter Mammes
Species Taxonomy Collected, 2014. Courtesy of Peter Mammes
Domination and the dominated (detail), 2015. Courtesy of Peter Mammes