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About the Artist

"Listening for connections and finding the unexpected is a healing force in my art making"

In my work I examine, expand and negotiate the concept of female identity within a rampant consumer culture through the use of a wide range of materials, images and processes.

Familiar cultural images and brands are literally ‘disconnected and cut out’ of their context. Ideas are re-contextualised, images free to roam, fly in which ever direction, zig-zag, nest or fly straight. I am keenly interested in how information and the language of images and text of consumer culture impacts on how we interpret and understand the world. And, how an altered and removed context both frees and connects the potential meaning of a phrase or image, into something else. The fragments of image are ‘re-arranged’ and reassembled into a new narrative with multiple layers and new patterns of understanding. Julia Cameron (The Artists way: 280) states:

“Humans are complex, creative beings, and when we create something that expresses our own complexity, we arrive at an inner distillate of clarity through our own creative inner process”.

In my work I also play with moulds and repetition as a way of referencing the ‘mimetic’ (Braidotti) culture. Intended as a dynamic assemblage of difference and points of intersection, images and ideas and altered into something I would not have imagined, at the start.

Rosi Braidotti speaks of the creative force, a head start towards the task of envisioning alternative world orders and more humane social systems. A Becoming – grounding memories, a sense of self and identity that have infinite possibilities to generate transversal and collective transformations.

Curriculum Vitae


1994-98. Master of Art in Fine Art (MFA). University of South Africa.

1985-89. Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (BAFA). University of South Africa.


2019. 26 September - 19 October. Augeries. Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town.

2016. April 5 - May 4. Make up / my Mind. Solo show at Rust en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville.

2015. November 25 - December 30. Make-up. Solo show at Knysna Fine Arts, Knysna.

2010. April. & Pooof ! Association for Visual Arts (AVA) in partnership with Spier, Cape Town.

2000. May. not a uni verse. Association for Visual Arts (AVA) in partnership with Spier, Cape Town.

1998. August. Reweaving traditions. MFA Graduate Exhibition. Oak Square gallery, UNISA, Pretoria.


2019. 30 August - 29 September. Sculpt X. Melrose Art Gallery. Curated by Megan Theunissen and Ruzy Rusike. Johannesburg.

2019. 3 August - 30 August. Wathint' Abafazi, Wathint' Imbokodo UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria.

2019. 2 August. Babies Grande Provence, Cape Town.

2018. 11 November - 10 December. Corobrik National Ceramic Biennale Curated by Henni Meyer, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville.

2018. 2 October - 5 October. International Ethics Conferrence Spier Curated by Dr. Gwenneth Miller, Spier Conferrence Center, Cape Town.

2018. 6 August - 8 August. Art as Destination Curated by Antoinette Odendaal, Dr. Gwenneth Miller & Jacob Lebeko Pretoria.

2017. December 8 - January 2018. Angels. Grande Provence, Franschoek.

2017. November 5 - November 11. SA Ceramics. Opening address by Prof. Pippa Skotnes.

2017. November 8 - 18. 20 year Anniversary. Knysna Fine Art, Knysna.

2017. October 8 - January 2018. Sticky time. Curated by Dr Gwen Miller. St Lorient Art Gallery, Pretoria.

2017. June 8 - July 8. Winter Show. DF Contemporary, Buchanan Square, Woodstock, Cape Town.

2017. February 12 - April 2. Visceral at Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estates, Cape Town.

2017. February 23 - March 5. ArtAfricaFair. Waterfront. Cape Town.

2016. November 3. Storytime. Gallery2, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

2016. November 27 - December 10. Regional Ceramic Exhibition. Stephen Welz & CO Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Cape Town.

2016. September 10 - September 18. Interlude. Upstairs@Bamboo, Johannesburg. Curated by Carol Lee.

2016. July 16 - July 19. Turbine Art Fair Johannesburg. Curated by Carol Lee.

2016. April - September. Animals. Tokara, Stellenbosch. Curated by Ilse Schermers.

2016. February 17 - March 6. THATARTFAIR. (Suzette and Brendan Bell-Roberts) The Palms, Woodstock.

2016. February 7 - February 28. Aeipathy. Equus gallery, Cavalli Est.

2016. December 7 - January 30. Christmas Show. IS Art. Franschoek

2015. November 1 - November 14. Alphen Outdoors. Curated by Wilma Cruise.

2015. September 11 – September 20. Portfolio. Upstairs@Bamboo. Curated by Carol Lee.

2015. August 14 – September 9. Soul Food. The Studio, Kalk Bay

2015. May 16 – June. CityWalk - Cape Town Partnership. Project by Didi Ntsai + Andrew Putter. Company Gardens.

2015. April 3 – April 12. Princess and the Veld. KKNK, Oudtshoorn Curated Adele Adendorff

2015. July 15 – July 16. ‘shredded’ paper at Deleuze&Gauttari in Africa Conference. University of Cape Town (UCT)

2014. November 30. Land Art (Curator + Artist). Noordhoek Common with Strijdom van der Merwe, Wilma Cruise, Janet Botes + others.

2014. November 22 – December 30. Equus at Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estates, Cape Town.

2014. November 16 – December 6. Outdoors at Alphen. Constantia, Cape Town. Curated by Wilma Cruise.

2014. September 25 – October 17. Skulduggery. Cape Town. The Studio Kalk Bay.

2014. September 16 – October 9. Music and Lyrics. Durbanville. Rustenvrede Gallery.

2014. September 11 – September 24. Art of Objects. Cape Town. The Studio Kalk Bay.

2014. July 17 – July 20. Turbine Art Fair. Johannesburg. Lovell Gallery.

2014. April 17 – July 20. What Lies Beneath. Equus gallery, Cavalli Estates.

2014. April 26 – May 17. Fried Autumn Art Fair, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria.

2013. September 26 – October 19. Sculptors@Fried, Pretoria. Prof. Elfriede Dreyer

2013. April 15 – April 30. World Art, Association of Arts, Pretoria.

2013. March 15 – March 30. Fried Autumn Art Fair, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria.

2012. Art in Clay. Grande Provence, Franschoek.

2012. The Painted Word. Grande Provence, Franschoek.

2011. Angels 6. Grande Provence, Franschoek.

2010. Painters Who Print Exhibition. Grande Provence. Franshoek.

2010. Bodies in Transition. Fried Contemporary. Pretoria.

2008. Skin To Skin. Standard Bank Gallery.

2008. Skin to Skin. Kaunas Lithuania. International Textile Biennale.

2007. Fibreworks Ten. Nova Constantia, CT. Participant of X-Cape/TransCape Exhibition.

2007. Boerekitsch and ander dinge. Curated by Gordon Froud. KKNK. Oudsthoorn.

2006. Innovative Threads, Nova Constantia, Cape Town.

2004. The Brett Kebble Awards. Cape Town Convention Centre. SA

2004. History of Conflict, Future of Hope. Frazier Mus. Kentucky, USA

2004. 'Gravados and Fotografias' Galeriazero. Barcelona

2002. I.D.OLOGY. Axis Gallery. New York. USA

2002. Innovative Threads. Curated by Margie Garret. Travelling Exhibition. Nova Constantia, Arts Association, Bellville, Durban Art Gallery, Vincennes, Paris, France

2001. ydetag. Curated by Andrew Putter. South African National Gallery.

2001. Manuscript 3. Curated by Anna Varney. art on paper, Melville and Boekehuis, Auckland Park, Johannesburg

2001. Manuscript Exhibition 3. Part of Word Stock. Grahamstown Festival.

2001. Weft & Warp. Curated by Justine Lipson. Civic gallery, Johannesburg.

2000. Cross-cut Criss-cross. Duo Exhibition with Gwen Miller. Millenium Gallery, Pretoria

2000. Trauma and Violence. Curated by Frieda Hattingh. Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria

2000. Manuscript Exhibition 2000. Curated by Anna Varney. Travelling Exhibition. Boekehuis, Auckland Park and Centre for the Book, Cape Town. 2000. Cloth Worker's Coalition Exhibition. Co-curated by Karin Lijnes. African Window, Pretoria.

2000. Manuscript Exhibition 1. Curated by Anna Varney. Carfax, Johannesburg.

2000. Eco-shrine Exhibition. Curated by Di Graham, Hogsback.

1999. Postcards from South Africa. Axis Gallery, New York, USA. 1999. Leonardo Posted. Arts Association Pretoria and Absa Bank, Johannesburg.

1999. Objekt Buch. Ludwig-Uhland- Institut fur Empirische Kulturwissenschaft an der Universtat Tubingen.

1998. Women's Voice. Curated by David Koloane for Daimler-Chryslar. Travelling Exhibition: Mercedes Benz Museum, Stuttgart; Volkerkundemuseum, Hamburg; Gallerie Seipple, Koln; and General Consulates, Munchen.

1997. Tembisa Art Exhibition. Kempton Park.

1996. New Signatures, Pretoria art Museum

1995. New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum

1995. Artists from greater Pretoria, Unisa Art Gallery

1993. Momentum Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum

1993. Painters and Sculptors. 1963-1993. Pretoria Art Museum.

1993. Artists from greater Pretoria, Unisa Art Gallery

1992. Duo show with Joseph Modise, Market Galleries, Newtown, Johannesburg

1992. New Signatures, Arts Association, Pretoria


2018. Willy Woestyn

2015. Trent Read

2015. Analjit Singh Art Collection.

2010. Home Choice Corporate Art Collection. 3 works.

2008. University of South Africa Art Collection, 2 works.

2007. First Rand Bank, Johannesburg. 2 works

2000. University of South Africa Art Collection

1998. University of South Africa Art Collection

1998. Stuttgart Private Collection of Georgia and Lutz Beel, Koln, Germany

1992. Mary Slack Art Collection, Johannesburg (1992)

1992. Sasol Art Collection, South Africa

The works are in many private collections (including Mr Pirelli, the founder of Pirelli Tyres; Italy, Darcy Hettrick USA.) abroad and local.


2011. In conjunction with the Jupiter Drawing Room, Johannesburg. Sponsered by Absa Bank for Design Indaba 2011. Memorystickwall.


July 2017. Ceramics Southern Africa Magazine. Issue 7/2017 Autumn

March 2007. Dynamic Shifts: the art of the Winterveldt women, in The Face of the Spirit. Illuminating a century of essays by South African women. Beulah Thumbadoo. Commissioned by Minister Z Pallo Jordan, Department of Arts and Culture.

April 1999. Dynamic Shifts: the art of the Winterveldt women. De arte, no 59.


2005. Three stories in Women Flashing. Women's Writing Workshops.


2019. Wendy Rohm Literary Agency Scholarship

2017. Wendy Rohm Literary Agency Scholarship

2005. Brett Kebble Finalist

1992. New Signatures Winner Award

1994. Robin Aldwinckle Bursary, Unisa

1995. Centre for Science Development Scholarship




Eye Witness News. Artist's 'tree babies' cause controversy. By Gadeeja Abbas. 6 June 2014.

Eye Witness News. Do tree babies belong in trees? 5 June 2014.

The Cape Times. Residents Up in Arms Over Tree Babies. By Zara Nicholson. 13 May 2014

Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, edited by Walter de Gruyter in Berlin. Volume 84

Catalogue for Exhibition &Pooof! 2010. Essay by Wilma Cruise: ISBN 978-0-620-46751-3

Bodies in Transition 2010: Digital catalogue by Elfriede Dreyer.

Textile 07: Catalogue for the Kaunas Biennale.

Brett Kebble Art Awards Catalogue. 2004.

R. Becker and R Keene (eds). Art Routes. A guide to South African Art Collections. Witwatersrand University Press. 2000

T. Rivalland, B Pernstone-Pender & C. Collard (eds). The Collectors Guide to art and artists in South Africa. The South African Institute of artists and designers.

Catalogue for Womens' Voice, by David Koloane

Catalogue for Manuscript Exhibitions 1, 2000 & 3.

The Pretoria News, Giving form to a feminine world by A du Preez. 9 September 1997.

Die Stern. Heft. Nr 26. Rosige Zukunft fur bunte Bilder, 18 June 1998

The Cape Times. Focus on Women by Benita Munitz. 23 May 2000

The Cape Argus: Smoker's Bible- is it puff or poetry? 8 September 2001

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