Soul Tree – Vultures and Moths

Jacqueline Alma

b. 1965, Dutch/South African. Currently lives and works in Bermuda.

Graphite on paper

2024

5.5 x 3.5 x 0.5 in

Jacqueline Alma was born in South Africa and worked as a designer in London between 1987-2001. She studied portraiture at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art, where she won the Heatherley’s Prize – Commendation from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. A Bermuda resident since 2008, Alma’s solo exhibition Like a Tree Let the Dead Leaves Drop held at the Bermuda National Gallery in 2019-2020 gave an insight into her personal history, through images and objects, achieved through close observation and technical precision.  Alma’s work looks both outwards, at the history and culture of the places where she has lived, and inwards, at her own experiences.

She says: “The white backed gyps africanus vulture has always been an important symbol in my work. Since early childhood I have witnessed these large wakes of carnivorous scavengers picking on carrion, hissing and fighting. A dark and chaotic contrast to another symbol I resonate deeply with, the fragile moth flying towards the light.”

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