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About the Artist
Laurette de Jager holds a MA in Visual Arts (Unisa) (Cum Laude), ND in Jewellery Design & Manufacture (CPUT) and an NHD In Jewellery Design and Manufacture (CPUT). Laurette is currently working toward her PhD in Art through Unisa. She lives, works and teaches in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town. Laurette has participated in numerous group exhibitions, her work is represented in private collections in South Africa and abroad. The concept of making strange the familiar and familiar the strange is a leitmotif in Laurette’s work. While her style has been described as contemporary surrealism, she describes the objective of her work as: finding new ways to exist in a dying world.
â€‹Her MVA exhibition, Poetry of Decay was exhibited at the art. B gallery (March 2019) and at Youngblood Africa (October 2019). A selection of work from her Ephemeral Nature of Things body of work were exhibited at the Turbine Art Fair in 2021. Laurette made her curatorial debut with the exhibition and accompanying webinar titled Apart / A Part exhibited at art.b in November 2020 and has since curated Violent Femmes June 2021 and The Secret History in November 2021 . Laurette's first Solo for non-academic purposes, Ephemeraâ€‹, opened at Rust en Vrede Gallery on the 4th of February 2023.
The Ephemeral Nature of Things, is a series of digital photomontages, charcoal studies and paintings, investigating the concept of decay as it occurs in the natural world. The intention of this series is to invite the viewer to contemplate the material reality (the nature of things) of the natural world in contrast to the virtual reality (abstract things) of modernity, thereby acknowledging that all things are ephemeral. These works are the genesis of an ongoing exploration of decay as metaphor for finding ways to “to live and die well with each other in a thick present” (Haraway 2016:1), while living in the climate crises, the 6th mass extinction event and the post-truth era.