Andrew does sand calligraphy with an artistry that makes anyone stand still, his work fits perfect this stunning NYC weekend, dreamy and peaceful art. Below is his artist statement:
The Beach Calligraphy of Andrew van der Merwe
I am a calligrapher by profession and carving fantastical letters all over the beach is a welcome break from working at a desk on small pieces of paper. The tools and techniques are ones I have evolved over the past eight years. Before that, like anyone else, I used sticks and shells and object found on the beach. Much of my work has the appearance of letters carved in stone but it is completely temporal. I call it calligraphy, not carving, because the letters are cut directly and at a speed close to that of writing. The forms are mostly a function of the movement.
I like to carve short poems or just words and phrases that paint a cultural picture. I also enjoy carving people’s names for them. Most of all I like to work in an asemic way, simply playing with African writing systems such as Shumom, the Mende syllabary or Tifinagh of the Berber of North Africa. I also like to invent my own pseudo writing systems. This is a matter of taking an essential form and playing with it the way a musician might play with a theme – turning it, reversing it breaking it and rejoining it differently, etc.