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Danelle Janse van Rensburg's bleeding roots explores the interconnectedness of all life
Posted on March 27, 2017.

Danelle Janse van Rensburg is a sculptor and drawing artist from Pretoria. Her works feature a combination of intricate, maze like drawings, embroidery on paper and installation featuring wood and bronze sculpture.

Her latest solo exhibition, Bleeding Roots at Fried Contemporary in Pretoria explores the 'interconnectedness' as well as the symbiotic role of the 'Mother Tree' with other younger surrounding trees creating a network of interconnectedness of all life.

She holds a BTech degree in sculpture with distinction from the Tshwane University of Technology. She has participated in over 50 group exhibitions and has been a finalist in various prestigious art competitions.

The exhibition features an installation composed of circular frames which are filled with a network of found roots and twigs painted red and extended from the ceiling. The intention was that the work enacts the illusion of growing roots from above the viewer instead of below. The installation piece - hanging from above each doorway - and a large wooden circle covered with red roots plays an integral part of the show.

Her smaller works are meticulously drawn out with pin holes created by a needle and then stitched with thread. "The process of stitching is also metaphorical for healing, rescuing, nurturing, mothering and is also used to physically stop a bleeding wound", states Van Rensburg.

Circular shapes often feature in Van Rensburg's work where she explores deep rooted meanings of life, infinity and wholeness. She started her own framing business, Round&Round Frames, that specializes in the making of round frames.

The artist uses the connection between the concept of the 'Mother Tree' and herself who is now a mother. Similar to the 'Mother Tree', the female body also bleeds, expands, grows new life, produces food and feeds other bodies binding the work by a common thread.

For more on Danelle Janse van Rensburg, view her artist portfolio. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

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