1980 Born in Queenstown, South Africa
Rhodes University, Bachelor of Fine Art
University of Cape Town, Master of Fine Art
My artwork is an autobiographical study dealing predominantly with the female body. My focuses include issues such as beauty ideals and the body’s relationship with popular culture, fashion, health and food, as well as the way women are perceived in society.
Inspired by print, most of my work takes the form of digital inkjet prints, usually combining photographic images, text and iconography. The methods used to create the finished work involve re-working the print, in order to produce a visually appealing surface texture. These detailed and ordered methods comment on the notion of obsessive control exerted on the female body.
The use of square formats, grids and pixels are used to highlight the notion of conformity, aided by the tight cropping of close up images of the body (an essentially rounded form). Soft padding is used in much of my work to comment subtly on the notion of womanly curves, as well as to give organic dimension to what would otherwise be flat prints. Other notions pertinent to my theme involve scale, scrutiny and fragmentation.
SELECT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Katrine Harries Print Cabinet, Michaelis school of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, S.A.
Irma Stern Collection. University of Cape town, S.A.
Hollard Insurance, Johannesburg, S.A.
University of South Africa, Pretoria, S.A.
Corronation Fund Managers, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, S.A.
Spier Wine Estate, Cape Town, S.A.
Waterkloof Winery, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, S.A.
AWARD & ACHIEVEMENTS
2003, 2006 and 2007 Absa Atelier, Finalist
2005 Sanlam Vuleka, Winner
2005 Brett Kebble Art Awards, Finalist
2007 Spier Contemporary, Finalist
2010 Raid Projects Residency, Los Angeles
2011 November. The Affordable Art Fair North London, UK
2011 October. Art London, UK
2011 September. M.A.D. Charity Auction, London, UK
2011 May. The Affordable Art Fair. New York, NY
2011 April. Art Chicago, IL
2011 March. The Affordable Art Fair, London, UK
2011 February. "Self Conscious Reflections". Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2011 January. The London Art Fair, UK
2010 December. 19th Art Salon. Rose Korber Art, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
2010 July. ‘Who’ Group Exhibition. Grande Provence, Franchoek, South Africa
2010 September. Menier Gallery, London, UK
2010 October. Art London, UK
2010 May. The Affordable Art Fair New York, NY
2010 April. Art Chicago, IL
2010 March. The Affordable Art Fair, London, UK
2009 October. Art London (The Mark Jason Gallery), London, UK
2008 Joao Ferriera Gallery, Cape Town, S.A.
2008 Bearing, Association for the Visual Arts. Cape Town, S.A.
2008 Print 08 Myth, Memory and the Archive. Bell Roberts Gallery. Cape Town, S.A.
2008 RE; CM (Regarding Capital Management) Salon Exhibition, Cape Town, S.A.
2007 Spier Contemporary, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, S.A.
2007 Surface Tension. The Photographers, Cape Town, S.A.
2007 The Encoded Body series, Gallery on the Square, Sandton, Johannesburg, S.A.
2006 The Encoded Body, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, S.A.