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IN THE early 1990s, when personal computers were just becoming mainstream, programmer Tom Baccei and artist Cheri Smith teamed up to create what was to become a pop-culture phenomenon, “Magic Eye”.This was a series of books and posters created from repetitive computer-generated images or patterns, which when stared at with a squint and an enormous amount of patience would eventually morph into a 3D image of a peace sign, a dragon or something suitably psychedelic (it was the 1990s after all).I mention this only because I had exactly that kind of revelation recently while watching artist Hannelie Coetzee clambering around a scaffold with a chainsaw and a team of workers, knocking and carving pieces of trunk, branch and stem from an enormously stacked woodpile of steaming wattle.Coetzee draws on her many years’ experience as a photographer when creating her works, as well as a deep understanding of light, when choosing the location for her pieces.She begins with a photographic image a...

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