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Artist Biography

Sandi Kuper is a Medical Doctor and Artist who draws on her medical knowledge to create art that bridges the gap between science and aesthetics. She works in a range of mediums, but has a a special interest in printmaking and works at the Blue Door Studio in Johannesburg.

Her influences are first a need to heal, stemming from years of working with patients both on a physical and deeper emotional level. Being a long distance off-road runner her personal invigoration is derived from a higher source gained from the outdoors, something much larger and more permanent than us as a human race.

Her work takes an in-depth view at pathways both externally between cities and countries, and internally, within the connections of the nerve pathways within our brains.

She explores disease and dis-ease within these areas and draws on clinical experience and an accumulation of medical science imagery to convey a personal account of how Alzheimers disease and memory loss permeates and devastates family life.

This memory loss fragments family unity, dignity, and intelligence.

Artist Statement

Sandi Kuper has drawn on her medical knowledge to create art that bridges the gap between science and aesthetics. She works in a range of mediums, but has a special interest in printmaking.

The initial body of work deals with Interconnectivity and Pathways linking Migration, Civilization and traditional footpaths. These pathways intersect and converge on many levels. The work is informed by aerial photographs that she shot from a small aircraft flying over Tanzania's Serengeti National Park.

Another body of work looks at pathways connecting memory and thought within the brain. These pathways operate at a cellular, physiological, biochemical and emotional level. She explores disease and dis-ease within these areas as well as the devastating psychosocial impact of Memory Loss. The series draws on her clinical experience and an accumulation of medical science imagery, which conveys a personal account of how this affliction permeates and devastates family life.

The collection suggests the fragility, complexity and impermanence of memory. It illustrates how memory loss is augmented by disease, which fragments family unity, dignity and intelligence.

Both bodies of work are connected via the process of journeying; whether it be an external journey or one which occurs internally in the synapses of the brain.

Artist CV

Education

  • 1992: MBChB, University of Cape Town.

    Group Exhibitions and Awards

  • 2016: Blue Door Studio Exhibition, Art it is Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 2016: Art Print Residence Exhibition, Mataro, Spain.
  • 2015: Wrap-able, Art it is, Johannesburg.
  • 2015: Six, 27 10th Street, Johannesburg.
  • 2015: South African Fine Art Print Fair Exhibition, GIBS, Johannesburg.
  • 2015: Health Professions Art Group 40th Annual Art Exhibition , Adler Museum, Parktown, Johannesburg.
  • 2015: Sasol New Signatures Top 100 Artist Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.
  • 2014: Blue Door Studio Exhibition, Upstairs at Bamboo, Melville, Johannesburg.
  • 2014: Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre Exhibition, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg.
  • 2014: Turbine Art Fair, O'Keefe Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg.
  • 2014: Is this Art?, Art Lovers Gallery Exhibition, Pretoria.
  • 2013: David Brown Fine Art Exhibition, Sandton Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 2013: Art lovers Exhibition, Pretoria.
  • 2013: Sasol New Signatures Top 100 Artists Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.
  • 2012: David Brown Fine Art Exhibition, Sandton Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2011: David Brown Fine Art Exhibition, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

    Private Collections

  • Johannesburg
  • Cape Town
  • London
  • Sydney
  • Spain


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