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Sarah Biggs’s execution and approach encourages us to commit to be curious, writes Mary Corrigall A DESIRE to map territory, cities and natural phenomena is one of the dominant threads running through South African contemporary art. From Gerhard Marx, Marcus Neustetter, John Phalane, Titus Matinyane and Richard Penn to newcomers such as Chloe Reid, artists are seemingly fixated with charting the landscape, though it has mostly been through alternative cartographical practices.Plainly speaking, these artists are concerned with remaking maps, whether destroying existing ones, such as Reid who cuts out street names, or creating completely abstract ones that defy the scientific, such as Neustetter.Sarah Biggs’s new body of paintings at the Barnard Gallery in Cape Town, might not been rooted in cartography, but it is inspired by geological discovery. Her interest in how the landscape is understood not only ties up with this interesting strand in contemporary art, but extends it in an int...

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