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Isabel Naud (Venter) was born on 1 March 1964 in Vryburg, Northern Cape. She completed her school career at Vryburg High School. She enrolled at the Potchefstroom Teacher's College, where she graduated as a Primary School teacher in 1985. She taught for one year at Goedehoop Primary School in Secunda and another eighteen months at Piet Retief Primary School.
Isabel married Erik in 1987 and three children were born out of this union. They reside on a farm near Amsterdam in Mpumalanga, where they are primarily concerned with forestry related activities.
2000 : Enrolled for BVA studies at UNISA
2002 : Participated in UNISA's Student Exhibition
2003 : Participated in a group exhibition in Ermelo
2005 : Completed her third year at UNISA with distinction
2006 : in her fourth and final year
2007 : received the BVA degree at a congregation of the University of South Africa
2008 : Participated in a group exhibition in Ermelo
2009 : present art workshops in her galery workshop on the farm, and participated in group Exhibitions
Artist statement- 'Family and the hidden interaction between members of a family, have always been a driving force in my art work. To me, family represents my origins and allows me to have a point of departure'
The urge to understand the complexities of life, is also encapsulated within my subject matter- children/family. One of the underlying aims of my work was to find a way to work on a visual art level, while at the same time dealing with the complexity of post-modern art-making. As I experimented with different mediums and techniques, interesting concepts started to developed...One of the most volatile and unstable phases in human development must certainly be the development of the child into an adult. Not only do a variety of physical changes take place over a period of eighteen years, but also complex changes in personality and emotional evolvement. An adult's personality becomes more fixed as he grows older, whereas a child's personality and identity are constantly in motion. This was the main reason for using a child as subject matter in many of my works.
My emotions are captured in every painting. My home, people I meet and different places I go to - all inspire me.
Wherever I go I take a canvas with me. I mess around with ideas while I'm travelling and I jot things down. I'm constantly mapping my journey...
2002 Participated in UNISA's Student Exhibition
2003 Participated in a group exhibition in Ermelo
2008 Participated in a group exhibition -d'artelier (Ermelo)
POK- Primary School teacher 1985 / BVA (UNISA) (visual arts)2007
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