DECORATING THE DAMAGED (STANDARD BANK GALLERY)
Waldman’s artworks dealt with an inner, psychological human condition of the facade, the mask, perfection, idealism and beauty. In her desire to make ‘beautiful’ things out of the ugly— hence the title Decorating the damaged— Waldman, through a labour-intensive and excessively repeti- tive process, attempted to turn the unsanitary, or that which is considered peripheral (or deemed ‘low’ art), into the sublime and the beautiful.
The art itself is intended to be a kind of anaesthetic, to be beautiful, but also to encourage a catharsis. In doing so, Waldman invoked a particular catharsis for herself as well— it’s important for her to communicate her belief in the therapeutic and healing potential of the creative process.