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Master Painters




Fleet No. 5



Scout (Diptych)


Artist's Statement

My current point of interest probes issues of cultural heritage, nostalgia, historical documentation and myth-making. I am interested in objects and conditions with hereditary elements, as most of my work can be described as an amalgamation of historic references with private narratives. This forms part of a process of deconstructing one's past and pathologies.

My work is inclined to be narrative and draws on the imaginary, processing found imagery and exploring meaning and association. It is my intention to create subtle paradoxes which suggest social commentaries and private narratives. I was trained in painting and printmaking but in my current work I attempt to integrate my knowledge as a painter with the discipline of sculpture. My interest in the process of nostalgia relies on denial, or the romance of the unobtainable. By de-contextualising found objects and imagery intend to parody the familiar.


Gender: Female
Age: 30
Nationality: South African
Education: BA.FA at the University of Stellenbosch (1997)
Occupation: Full-time artist and designer
June 2000 - March 2004: lectured at the Cape College in Graphic Processes, two-dimensional design and drawing

Exhibitions (Group shows)

     2007: 'Turbulence', Hangar-7, Salzburg, Austria
     2006: '20 Artists 06'. Contemporary printing, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
     2005: 'Sweet Nothings', new photographic work, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
     2004: '40 Years', University of Stellenbosch, Sasol Art Museum
     2004: '2nd Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial', Stellenbosch
     2003: 'Picnic', Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
     2003: Brett Kebble Art Awards
     2003: 'ABSA L'Atelier', Johannesburg
     2003: 'YDESIRE', Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
     2002: 'Autogeographie', Millennium Gallery, Johannesburg
     2002: 'Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial', Jan Marais Nature Reserve, Stellenbosch
     2001: 'Micro/Macro', South African Printmakers at the Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia (Canada)
     2001: 'ABSA L'Atelier', Johannesburg.
     2001: 'Aarsel/ Waver', KKNK, Oudshoorn
     1998: Short listed for the '15th Royal Overseas League Annual Open Exhibition', U.K.

Solo Shows

     2006: 'Blues and Greys', Art On Paper Gallery, Johannesburg
     2005: 'Fool's Gold', Bell-Roberts Contemporary, Cape Town (SA)
     2005: 'Hoogwater/High Tide', KKNK, Oudtshoorn (SA)
     2003: 'Blank', AVA Gallery, Cape Town (SA)
     2001: 'From a Netherworld', Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town (SA)
     2000: 'Northern Ladies', Art Konsult, New Delhi, India
     1998: 'An Imitator', AVA Metropolitan Gallery, Cape Town (SA)


     2005: Selected for the 3rd Brett Kebble Award
     2005 : Curator: 'Sweet Nothings', Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
     2005 : Nominated for a Kanna Award, KKNK
     2003 : Winner of the 2003 ABSA L'Atelier
     2003 : Winner in the Anglo Gold Riches of Africa Design Competition. (merit award for most original design)
     1999-2000: Selected for the UNESCO-Aschberg Residency programme at the Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India
     1998 : Merit award winner in the 'New Signatures'', Bellville Art Centre


     2005: Cape Town Month of Photography
     2004: 2nd Spier Sculpture Biennale Catalogue
     2004: Sasol Art Museum, University of Stellenbosch
     2003: ABSA L'Atelier
     2003: Art South Africa: vol. 02, issue 01; page 14
     2002: Spier Sculpture Biennale Catalogue

Some Reviews

Artthrob, June 2003:
     "...the work is exquisitely crafted and produced. It represents a major change of tact...demonstrating a remarkable agility and versatility."
                                    Paul Edmunds

Mail & Guardian, 6 February 2004:
     "...(the works) are revealed as a perfect South African articulation of culture and environment."
                                    Chris Roper

Art South Africa, vol. 02, issue 03, 2004 (page 67)
     "Aggenbach has used the symbolic language of white leisure and suburbia and made a piece that is both humorous and politically astute."
                                    Andrew Lamprecht Collections

     Various private collections locally and abroad.
     Corporate collections include:
          Spier Collection
          Anglo Gold South Africa
          Hollard Collection
          Sasol Collection

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