Bleak (Installation)

Landscape (tapestry) with three black sheep

Framed size: 24.8 x 89.5 x 5cm

Artist's statement:

"Bleak is part of a series called Blank which I made in 2003. The body of work consisted of sculptures resembling black sheep and pale tapestries reminiscent of traditional landscapes by Pierneef and Hugo Naudé. My intention was to create an interactive sculpture which explored the relationship between the two sculptural entities

Blank is a satirical body of work based on re-evaluation of the Afrikaner in a democratic society. The work addressed the Afrikaner youth's disenchantment with a disingenuous cultural heritage by exploring issues of guilt and ignorance."

Bleak was the winning entry in the Absa L'Atelier in 2003 and has sparked a variety of interpretations. The soft parody offers an amusing quality in contrast to its social content.



     BA. FA at the University of Stellenbosch (1997)

Current Occupation:

     Lecturer at the Cape College in Graphic Processes, 2D-Design and Drawing.

Exhibitions (Group shows):

     2002 "Autogeographies", Millennium Gallery, Johannesburg
     2001 "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 Atelier", National Finals, Johannesburg
     2001 "Aarsel/Waver" KKNK, Oudtshoorn
     2000 "Absolut Secret", AVA Metropolitan Gallery, Cape Town
     2000 "Blaze Exhibition", Bang The Gallery, Cape Town
     2000 Winner in the "New Signatures Exhibition", Bellville Art Centre
     1998 Short listed for the "15th Royal Overseas League Annual Open Exhibition", UK

Solo Shows:

     1998 "An Imitator", AVA Metropolitan Gallery, Cape Town (SA)
     2000 "Northern Ladies", Art Konsult, New Delhi, India
     2001 "From a Netherworld", Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town (SA)


     1999 - 2000 Selected for the UNESCO-Aschberg Residency programme at the Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India

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