• Mariëtte Kotzé

    Mariëtte Kotzé
    • Artist Statement
      • My interest lies in the inner landscape, the artistic expression of the inner self and the activity of the artistic process. I explore these themes through process based ink and wash painting, combined with alternative photography. With an increasing interest in how process and repetition acts as meditative instruments in art making, I combine traditional and contemporary art making practices to create a new visual language.

        My work is influenced by Eastern philosophies, including Japanese Zen calligraphy and Ink and wash painting as well as the writings of Wassily Kandinsky regarding the spiritual in art, which influenced the work of the Abstract Expressionists. Time and change plays a central role in my work, linking it to the Process and Environmental Art movements, where a specific force of nature is isolated.

        My paintings and photographs are non-representational and biomorphic, allowing gravity, evaporation and replication to create the work. The tones and textures are created through the combination of black Chinese ink and water puddling, which forms a variety of effects on the paper or scanner surface.

        Through my work I aim to focus the viewer's attention on ‘time’ as an ephemeral concept, allowing the viewer to appreciate the transient moment in full, by looking closer, and then shifting the focus towards the beauty of accumulated time, where the creative journey or process becomes more important than the end product.
    • Biography
      • N.Dip Fine Art (The Ruth Prowse School Of Fine Art)

        Mariëtte Kotzé is a Cape Town based artist interested in process based ink wash painting and alternative photography. After matriculating at Overberg High she qualified with a Btech degree in Interior design in 2006 and a diploma in Fine Art from Ruth Prowse School of Art in 2015, majoring in alternative photography and painting. Mariëtte has been working as an Interior designer during her studies in order to contribute towards her college fees. She has been commissioned to create art works for Truth Coffee, which was features in VISI magazine and Craven Wines, on top of numerous painting commissions for friends and acquaintances.  She was also part of several group shows at the Ruth Prowse School of Art and an exhibition at the Rust and Vrede Gallery.

        Selected Exhibitions:

        The Ruth Prowse Graduation Show

        In Minima Forma –Pop-up exhibition at Ruth Prowse School of Art
        Out of the Blue – Group Show at Rust en Vrede Art Gallery, Durbanville
        Home – Group Show at Ruth Prowse School of art
        The Ruth Prowse Show – Mid-year exhibition by students and staff

    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        I am inspired Paul Edmunds’s work which is labour-intensive, concerned with material, process and pattern and communicates a sense of time.
        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?

        I admire the works of Pierneef, who invented a new painting style and painted landscapes in a way which was different from anything that were seen before.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        My visit to The Louvre in Paris, 2012 had the greatest impact on me, due to the fact that it was so overwhelming, I couldn’t see everything in one day. This encouraged me to go study fine art, to learn more about the masters. 

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        My work is influenced by Eastern philosophies; including Japanese Zen calligraphy and Ink wash painting, especially the work of Gao Xingjian, Chinese artists and novelist.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?

        I enjoy following the Chinese tradition of implementing a ritualistic aspect in my art making process.  The grinding of the ink stick on the ink stone, the repetitive pouring of water and ink, all has a meditative effect during my work process, and also creates a deeper appreciation for the material.

        What do you like most about being an artist?
        As an artist I mostly enjoy the activity of the artistic process, being able to express myself through repetitive doing or making, and making the others part of my process by sharing the end result.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?

        I go for a walk in the forest, or anywhere outside in nature. That usually helps to clear my mind. 

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

        I graduated with a diploma in Fine Art at the age of 30, which took a lot of determination and hard work, as I had to juggle my passion and design career to achieve this.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        I would like to make a difference through my work; by allowing the viewer to pause to appreciate the transient moment in full by looking closer and seeing the beauty of accumulated time where the creative journey or process becomes more important than the end product.

        What are your plans for the coming year?

        I would like to develop as an artist and travel as much as possible to find new inspiration for my work.

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