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'Freedom of religion, belief and opinion' 300 x 297, linocut
Dina Cormick
The clause defines the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion. It further includes the right freely to conduct and attend religious observances at state and state-aided institutions. Like some other artists, Dina Cormick uses the compositional form of a circle - token of unity and harmony, which is also an ancient religious symbol. Her highly detailed, narrative image depicts a diverse group of people engaged in various religious activities such as praying, preaching, meditating, making offerings. The attempt to be as inclusive as possible becomes evident in the wide range of different religions depicted by the individuals' stereotypical poses of worship and an almost encyclopaedic array of religious symbols. Some figures, however, don't seem to follow any religion. They are deliberately included to express the artist's conviction that freedom of religion also means the freedom not to follow any belief system.

Dina Cormick was born in Nkana, Zambia in 1942. She went to school in Harare,Zimbabwe and came to South Africa after a two year stay in London, where she was trained as a nurse. She then studied Fine Art for one year at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. From 1966-78 she was a free-lance artist in a variety of media. She has shown her work in many group exhibitions and also in seven solo exhibitions in South Africa, Germany, and London.

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