Cedar SA recently commissioned a few illustrations for an article about Ingrid Jonker in the recent edition of the HighLife magazine. I always enjoy working with their creative team – so this project was really no different.
The article is haunting, beautiful. I still get goosebumps when I read it. Ingrid Jonker was a sadly misunderstood soul. Reading the article (which so elegantly captures the environment Jonker lived in) I’ve developed such a sense of compassion for this woman, who apologized for ”being such a nuisance” just a few hours before her death (read TERRY HERBST’s account of his last interaction with her before her suicide here).
My hope was for the illustrations to capture a sense of Jonker, her gentleness, her vulnerability. Collage was just the right medium for this. I hope you enjoy them, (and read the article).