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W: 506mm x H: 375mm
W: 20" x H: 15"
Approx. Weight: 0.5kg
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About "Sacrificial Stone"
I photographed this ancient Greek sacrificial stone during a visit to Crete.It is lying on plowed land, ready to receive seeds or plants. It is surrounded by half submerged fragments of ceramic or porcelain. These symbolize some of the varied cultures that constitute the South African nation. The work expresses the idea that if one loves this country you should be willing to become part by not clinging to divisive cultural barriers.Softground etching on acid free paper by Hahnemuhle
Size of Edition: 25
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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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