Marolize Southwood is an artist based in Cape Town. She completed her BAFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2017. She was born in Potchefstroom and grew up in Viljoenskroon, a small town in the Free State. At Michaelis, Marolize majored in photography but has since expanded her practice to include painting. Southwood’s work stems from a fascination with the constructed reality we humans have created for ourselves. The artist explores this notion through the use of spaces and objects. In her work, new realities and narratives are created through unusual pairings of the two. The resulting images invite viewers to explore potential meanings and links between the depicted objects. By using familiar objects in unusual pairings, the artist aims to create a subtle absurdity in her work. This reflects her views upon modern human life, that if you look at it closely you notice the absurdity. In constructing a reality that is slightly absurd but also familiar, the objects and their connotations reflect the very real issues we face as a species due to our technological devices. For the most part, the artist’s compositions are devoid of natural elements, except for the inclusion of flowers. These flowers represent the role that nature plays in this constructed human life, the amusement we gain from it, the strain we put on it and also our distance from it. Southwood believes that there is humour and beauty in the absurdity that is the human race, the things we do to pass the time and the stuff we make.