My interest in art and visual culture has been largely influenced by childhood experiences of my Southern Free State family farm. My love for these landscapes still guides my art career today, and formed the foundation of my Bachelors in Fine Arts, which I completed with distinction in 2020 at the University of the Free State. During my four-year degree, I engaged with a wide range of mediums, ultimately choosing painting as my major, which I often synthesise with land art, digital, video, and sound installations, in order to inspect the phenomenology of inhabiting the land as an artist.
I am currently employed as a Junior Lecturer in Art History at the UFS, while also studying towards my Bachelor of Arts Honours with specialization in Art History and Visual Culture Studies. My current academic interest in the history of art conceptually informs my artistic practice, which I plan to deepen by enrolling for a Masters in Fine Arts degree next year. I have participated in several student exhibitions at the Johannes Stegmann gallery, have been included in exhibitions at the Vrystaat Arts Festival in 2018, as well as the Phatshoane Henney New Breed competition in 2018.
An interdisciplinary approach to landscape and stone, allows me to conceptually explore themes related to the artistic imagination, the wonder, discovery, and exploration of a landscape, as well as the possession and demarcation of land. By observing the artist’s sensual relationship to the environment, I also engage with themes of migration and movement, which are reminiscent of the migration of images between mediums, and the various implications thereof.