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About the Artist

The artist was born in 1956 in the province of Mpumalanga, where she has a small gallery in Graskop, mainly to serve as a platform for local artists , who otherwise would not have the opportunity to exhibit their work.

The artist has a mentorship program at the gallery for promising African artists giving them guidance and opportunities to exhibit at the gallery.

The artist has taken part in many local and overseas exhibitions in Canada and Germany.

Her own work is on permanent exhibition in the Graskop Gallery.

Artist Statement

The artist's artwork deal with animals and the problematic surrounding their representation conceptually, in a postmodern situation. Baker(2000:50)[1] speaks about the postmodern dilemma of the animal which he claims is no different to that of postmodern man, he talks of postmodern man as a fractured, incomplete hybrid botched "put togethered" and wronged being.

It is the juncture and ruptures between human, animal and hybridity that the artist is exploring. The everlasting enduring relationships that man has had with the animal , and the way that man’s identity is bound to that of the animal.

[1]: Baker,S.2000. The Postmodern animal.London:Reaktion Books.

Formal training

2012/2013 - The artist is currently enrolled for a Masters degree in Fine arts at the University of South Africa.

2002 - The artists has received an Honours degree in Fine Arts at the University of South Africa.

1979 - The artist has a BA degree in Afrikaans Literature and History of Art from the University of Pretoria.

1980 - She obtained a Post graduate Diploma in Museum Sciences at the university of Pretoria.

1991 - The Artist completed a Fine Arts Diploma at the University Technology Pretoria.

Awards

1991 - Schweikerdt prize for excellence in painting at the University of Technology.

2001 - Residency Dortmund Germany sponsored by Mpumalanga Government and German Frauen Kunstforum.

Informal training

2000 - Ruth Prowse School of Art Cape Town.

2000 - Ottawa School of Art Ottawa Canada.

Exhibitions

The artist has exhibited work extensively in various locations in South Africa and overseas.

Collections

The artist's work is in various private collections in South Africa, Germany, Canada, France, Spain, Korea, Holland and Belgium. Public collections.

Her works is in the collection of the Government of Mpumalanga, and is on permanent exhibition in the Government buildings of Mpumalanga in Newsprint.

The artist received a commission from the National Capital Commission of Canada to paint a series of murals exhibited on Confederation Square Ottawa Canada.

Residencies

Griet van der Meulen did a 2 months residency in Germany, sponsored by the Mpumalanga Government and the German Frauen Kunstforum as part of a cultural exchange program. The program involved about 100 female artists from various places in Europe. Exhibiting and making their work in abandoned warehouses and factories in the Post Industrial province of Westphalia, and thus creating an awareness of the fallibity of industrialisation.

Griet lived in Ottawa Canada, for 4 years where she was part of a group of artists called "The Women's Environmental Network". She took part in various exhibitions as part of "The Women's Environmental Network".


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