• Minien Hattingh

    Minien Hattingh
    • Artist Statement
      • The work I produce consists of themes ranging from spirituality to social consciousness, entwined with humour. I like working with death and the unknown. This and the macabre has been somewhat of an innate interest, since both seem to be misunderstood and feared. Near death experiences also interest me having gone through one myself. Victorian and gothic art also plays a role in what inspires me. Somehow contradictory, there exists a child-like quality in my work maybe because I'm drawn to the innocence, directness and sincerity of children (a child should not be feign). Therefore I oppose abuse of children in any way that bereft them from this realness.

        Materials that I employ comprise wax, human hair, ink on material and mixed media. Wax is a malleable material that can achieve varying qualities ranging from polished to rough textures. Ink and pencil is a very bourgeois medium which is much more of self explanatory instrument.

        The working process I follow is mainly based on intuition and finding inspiration in the mundane, it's the first place to look. I usually don't follow a structured process, but when this does happen I usually mind map ideas or constantly argue with myself. The following notion, in my opinion, expresses the essence of being an artist as “the most inspiring thing about an artist, no matter when in history they worked, is just to see their singular pursuit of their own vision”(Musgrove).
    • Biography
      • B.A Fine Arts (University of Pretoria)

        Minien Hattingh, (b.1992), South Africa, completed her BA Fine Arts(hons) degree at the University of Pretoria(2014). Her work explores the otherly and unusual, ranging from spirituality, social-consciousness, humour, entwined with an innocence. In the art-making process, she trusts her gut, it's neither as pragmatic as the brain, nor as romanticised as the heart. The intention of her work is to emotionally capture the audience, to make them feel something. Whether it is fear, melancholy, uneasiness as long as a connection is formed. A strong intent on social consciousness is evident in her work, exploring subjects that are often taboo or overlooked. Artistic development usually stems from a tactile experience. One of her key mediums is performative photography. Every photograph is a certificate of presence, irrespective of time.  Material plays an important role in distinguishing the aura as well as the sense of the work. The way cloth moves and converses in its own visual and tangible language intrigues her Like cloth the concept is folded, refolded and unfolded in an interchangeable conversation.

        She has had the opportunity to exhibit at numerous group shows and art fairs. The most notable include: Sasol New Signatures Competition Finalist (2014,2015,2017), Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Merit award for Multi and New Media(2015). 
        In April 2017 she had her first international exhibition exposure. She won Second prize in the Young Talents category of the La Quatrieme Image photography competition and had the opportunity to exhibit her work at the festival in Paris, for two consecutive weeks.

        Awards & Residencies

         
        2011

        Merit bursary
        2010
        Visual art Highest achievement
        Trophy for exceptional achievement in drawing

        Group Exhibitions

        2007-2008
        Arts Fusion Arts Exhibition, Little Unisa Theatre
        2009
        Art Autumn Exhibition, Brooklyn Mall
        Tswane Youth Art Festival Exhibition, State Theatre
        2010
        Winter Art Exhibiton,Brooklyn Mall
        2011
        Amalgamation (First year group exhibition), Van Wou House
        2012
        Art Space (Telkom painting: Group exhibition), Telkom Towers
        Concentre CuZn, The Room
        2013
        Fried Autumn Art Fair, Fried Contemporary Art Gallery
        Hidden Urban Histories,Rautenbach Hall, University of Pretoria
        Prompt Showcase, The Story Space
        Redefining Erotica,Longstreet Art Lovers Art Gallery
        Alice in Wonderland Exhibition,Longstreet Art Lovers Gallery
        Death is where it stars, Trent Gallery
        2014
        Wish you were here, Art Lovers Gallery
        The truth of Valentine, Art Lovers Gallery
        Annual miniature exhibition, Art Lovers Gallery
        The last meal, Trent Gallery
        Turbine Art Fair
        Sasol New Signatures, Top 100
        Erotica: a different view, Art Lovers Gallery
        Music & lyrics, Rust en Vrede Gallery
        Roald Dahl, Art Lovers Gallery
        The Space In Between: Final year exhibition, University of Pretoria  


    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        In terms of trends, my current interest resides in the Japanese pop culture "kawaii"(cute), which encapsulates a type of performance. On a personal level I find Diane Victor's work ethic  extremely inspiring.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?

        Not specifically South African, but Louise Bourgeois has to be at the top of my list. The subject matter she deals with includes her own psyche, mythological and archetypal imagery in terms of objects such as spirals, spiders, cages, medical tools and so forth. What I like about her themes are that they deal with the unconscious, anger fear and betrayal and offer highly personal subjects of the body, love traumas, sexual fetish. She created art up until her death, the markings of a true, dedicated artisan.
        "Time-time lived, time forgotten, time shared. What does time inflict-dust and disintegration? My reminiscences help me live in the present and I want them to survive. I am a prisoner of my emotions .You have to tell your story, and you have to forget your story. You forget and forgive. It liberates you" - Louise Bourgeois
           
        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        Unfortunately I cannot succumb to one exhibition. There are many I have experienced that made an impact on me for different reasons. Also I think it is an endless cycle of discovering new artists/artworks which then inevitably become part of one's inspiration and influence.   

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        I find inspiration in almost anything. I guess that is a little vague but its the truth. From faded wooden pianos to a simple tune on the radio. I also have a large fascination with the paranormal, death and the esoteric. Gallivanting back to my childhood (nostalgia), fairy tales, cartoons and especially Disney films have definitely been imprinted on me. 

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art making that you can tell us about?
        Silly as it may be, I usually wear my great-grandmother's pendant to ensure good luck and overall good -vibes, it also acts as a source of protection. When I make art the first thing I trust is my gut, it's not as pragmatic as the brain and not as romanticized as the heart. Lastly I have a strong tendency to work at night, as everything is still and calm and you become friends with your shadow.      

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        I think it has to be constantly being in contact with materials that will eventually become something you invested yourself into, a part of your personality. Creating is an addiction, an obsession, something that is innately found in artists. Being creative is rewarding. Art becomes an extension of oneself. 

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        Usually I flounder around a little bit (artist block is somewhat of a sick premeditated curse), but I tend to take my frustration out on the piano or do something that takes my mind off of the incessant gnawing that takes place at the back of my mind.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        I'm not certain that I will ever feel that I have achieved enough. There are always challenges overshadowing the previous ones.  

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        I do, I believe there are two types of artists-the conformists and the non-conformist. I believe to be a non-conformist artist, an innovator that is misunderstood. I would like, through my art to motivate others with the same type of outlook to keep creating and understanding that your type of art will find an appreciation with like-minded people, however small or large.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        I will be finishing my final year of studies in BA Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria. Further I would like to explore the possibilities of art in terms of Art Therapy for children as well as art in a closer relationship with music.
  • Outcasts: Shunned Squid - Painting by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Outcasts: Shunned Squid
    Painting / 29 x 21 cm
    R880
  • Outcasts: Waif Wild Dog - Painting by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Outcasts: Waif Wild Dog
    Painting / 21 x 29 cm
    R880
  • Outcasts: Cast Aside Crocodile - Painting by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Outcasts: Cast Aside Crocodile
    Painting / 21 x 29 cm
    R880
  • Outcasts: Hangdog Hyena - Painting by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Outcasts: Hangdog Hyena
    Painting / 21 x 29 cm
    R880
  • Outcasts: Miscreant Moose - Painting by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Outcasts: Miscreant Moose
    Painting / 21 x 29 cm
    R880
  • Hide & Survive - Drawing by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Hide & Survive
    Drawing / 54 x 38 cm
    R5 320
  • Inclusive Jamboree - Drawing by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Inclusive Jamboree
    Drawing / 150 x 67 cm
    R15 500
  • Selfawêness #Jozi - Drawing by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Selfawêness #Jozi
    Drawing / 58 x 67 cm
    R5 700
  • Selfawêness #PTA - Drawing by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Selfawêness #PTA
    Drawing / 58 x 67 cm
    R5 700
  • Coy Koi - Ink Drawing by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Coy Koi
    Ink Drawing / 39 x 45 cm
    R2 000
  • Oceanid: Child Of The Sea - Ink Drawing by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Oceanid: Child Of The Sea
    Ink Drawing / 37 x 44 cm
    R2 000
  • Amphitrite: Queen Of The Sea - Ink Drawing by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Amphitrite: Queen Of The Sea
    Ink Drawing / 39 x 45 cm
    R2 000
  • Nixie - Ink Drawing by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Nixie
    Ink Drawing / 40 x 44 cm
    R2 000
  • Naiad: Maiden Of The Sea - Ink Drawing by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Naiad: Maiden Of The Sea
    Ink Drawing / 39 x 43 cm
    R2 000
  • Isolation IV - Monoprint by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Isolation IV
    Monoprint / 54 x 71 cm
    R4 000
  • Isolation I - Monoprint by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Isolation I
    Monoprint / 54 x 71 cm
    R4 000
  • Marginal IV - Large Mixed Media Painting by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Marginal IV
    Large Mixed Media Painting / 77 x 154 cm
    R6 000
  • Marginal III - Large Mixed Media Painting by Minien Hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Marginal III
    Large Mixed Media Painting / 77 x 154 cm
    R8 500
  • Traveling Endlessly III - Mixed Media by Minien Hattingh
    MINIEN HATTINGH
    Traveling Endlessly III
    Mixed Media / 45 x 72 cm
  • Traveling Endlessly II - Mixed Media by Minien Hattingh
    MINIEN HATTINGH
    Traveling Endlessly II
    Mixed Media / 45 x 72 cm
  • Traveling Endlessly I - Mixed Media by Minien Hattingh
    MINIEN HATTINGH
    Traveling Endlessly I
    Mixed Media / 45 x 72 cm
  • Isolation III - Monoprint by Minien Hattingh
    MINIEN HATTINGH
    Isolation III
    Monoprint / 54 x 71 cm
  • Isolation II - Monoprint by Minien Hattingh
    MINIEN HATTINGH
    Isolation II
    Monoprint / 54 x 71 cm
  • Marginal II - Large Mixed Media Painting by Minien Hattingh
    MINIEN HATTINGH
    Marginal II
    Large Mixed Media Painting / 77 x 154 cm
  • Marginal I - Large Mixed Media Painting by Minien Hattingh
    MINIEN HATTINGH
    Marginal I
    Large Mixed Media Painting / 73 x 155 cm