Cara-Jo Tredoux was born and brought up in Centurion, Pretoria. From a young age she loved to draw and paint. While still at primary school, Cara did art and craft as an extra mural. She used various media such as charcoal, oil, watercolour and acrylics. From grade 10 to matric Cara took art as a subject under the accomplished art teacher, Mr Marcus Coetser at Eldoraigne High School. Passing her matric year with a distinction. Following the completion of high school, Cara enrolled at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) to study Fine and Applied Arts in 2012. She obtained my National Diploma in Fine Arts, Cum Laude in 2014. Cara obtained her B Tech Fine Degree in 2015. She always wanted to live in Cape Town with all its beautiful scenery. Cara is now happy to be part of the beautiful Mother City. “I love the nature and take inspiration from around me,” says Cara.
Memories of the past, from my childhood days and beyond, haunt me.This specific series of work is about some of the places I have visited in my past, places that gave me shrills down my spine…for no specific reason. I admire abandoned places as there are so many character behind every inch of the scene it always makes me wonder who the people where that lived there before, what they went through and why the building/object were abandoned. The beauty of it all is that in the beginning there were grass fields and trees. Then man came along develop the grounds yet as soon as man leaves, nature comes back and take over… as the Afrikaans saying goes, “van stof tot stof”. There is still a sense of life wandering through these places. It is not just the plants, but also ‘the others’ who have never left. These places become magical even after the sadness, I always imagine that this can become a home for fairies.
I prefer to work with oil on wood, without priming it as I like the rawness of the material. I paint with oil in a transparent way, I create an apparitional effect making the figures more vague and mysterious. Some parts are sanded down to create a fading effect emphasizing the rawness of the wood which symbolises the unfinished business of the spirits.