Labour relations 400 x 305, linocut
|The clause defining Labour relations is lengthy and fairly complex. Workers have the right to form and join trade unions, to participate in their activities and to strike, while employers may form employers'organisations and participate in their programmes. Both trade unions and employers' organisations, in turn, have the right to organise, bargain collectively, form federations, etc. Edwine Simon has not attempted to represent the diverse aspects covered by the clause in a literal, illustrative form. Her image offers us instead a cropped view of a loose group of people, workers perhaps, but essentially anonymous, indistinct people, like any one of us. Only the elderly man prominently placed in the front is clearly identified as a miner, while suggestions of industrial architecture in the background form an appropriate surrounding.
Edwine Simon was born in Luanshya, in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) in 1939 and came to South Africa at the age of three. She graduated in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. She was awarded a scholarship for overseas study and completed a postgraduate certificate in Education at the University of London. She is currently vice-principal of the Ruth Prowse School of Fine Art and Design. Edwine Simon has held nine solo exhibitions and also participated in numerous group exhibitions.