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W: 195mm x H: 257mm
W: 8" x H: 10"
Approx. Weight: 0.5kg
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About "Spiritual Journey"
My search for a new South African identity after 1994 is the theme of this work. To symbolize my own culture,that of the white, Afrikaansspeaking group, I use a torn-up photograph of one of the friezes in the Voortrekken Monument in Pretoria depicting black and white enemies dying side by side at the Battle of Blood River. After 1994 these enemies are now members of the same nation and have to find a new identity. The lower section shows a rock painting of a group of San (the original inhabbitants of Africa)on a journey in deep space. Aquatint and photo etching with chine collé on acid free Zerkall paper
Size of Edition: 20
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I use history and the varied cultural heritage of South Africa
as sources for images depicting life on a cultural boundary. My work is essentially a search for identity in a fast evolving country: questions about my past( descendant of French Huguenots) are coupled with questions about the future in a country where the Westernization of its original peoples and the
Africanization of European immigrants and colonists have been taking place for the past 300 - 400 years.
She has presented 25 Solo exhibitions which took place in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Cape Town,Potchefstroom, Stellenbosch, Antwerp,Leuven
(Belgium)and Bonn,Bad Karlshaven,Emden (Germany), to name a few. Regularly takes part in national and international group exhibitions:1997 - Contemporary South African Art (1985-95) from the S A National Gallery Permanent Collection Cape Town; 1998-99 - Playing card Project Flanders/South Africa; 2001 - Dialogue, University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch. Has twice been accepted to work as professional artist at the Frans Masereel Center for Printmaking in Kasterlee, Belgium. At the 2007 Aarklop Arts Festival she featured as honorary artist of the Streek exhibition.
In 2007 the North-West University presented a retrospective exhibition spanning 40 years of her oeuvre and in 2008 Stellenbosch University did likewise.
The South African Academy for Arts and Science awarded her their Medal of Honour for Fine Arts in 2008.
Her work is represented in a number of major public and corporate collections: Pretoria Art Gallery; South African National Gallery, Cape Town: William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley; Sasol Art Collection, Johannesburg; Rupert Art Foundation, Stellenbosch; Frans Masereel Center for Printmaking, Kasterlee, Belgium; German Huguenot Museum,Bad Karlshafen, Germany, Huguenot Memorial Museum, Franschhoek.
Degree in Fine Arts (4 years) from University of Pretoria
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