• Chloe Obermeyer

    Chloe Obermeyer
    • Artist Statement
      • My artistic practice is primarily interested in nature and the natural world. I am intrigued by nature’s ability to perplex scientific conclusions and its tendency to inspire human imagination and fiction. Currently, my works have become a means of navigating my interest in Southern Africa’s oceans and coastlines. I often touch on ideas surrounding scientific discovery, wonder and environmental concern. Using what I have at my disposal, my works often evolve and materialize from man-made and organic debris and matter that I collect within in my surroundings. I am a collector and have amassed a plethora of articles, books and visual resources which aid in my creative process. For the past few years, I have immersed myself in the alternative photographic process of cyanotype. Recently, I have started to incorporate other mediums, such as inks and pigments, within my prints.
    • Biography

      • BA Fine Art from Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT)

        2010 - Multimedia Design and Production Techniques, City Varsity, Cape Town, South Africa
        2011-2014 - BA (FA) majoring in New Media, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa
        2018- Masters in Visual Art, Research Proposal module, UNISA
        Deans Merit list, University of Cape Town (2011-2014)
        David Marias Memorial Prize for New Media, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (2012)
        Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award 2017 Exhibition [finalist]
        Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award 2018 Exhibition [finalist]
        Sate of the ART Gallery Award 2018 [finalist]

        Selected Exhibitions

        Solo Exhibitions

        Ichthyotale: a Tailpiece, The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Grahamstown, South Africa

        Group Exhibitions


        StateoftheART Gallery Award 2018- Finalist Exhibition, State of the ART Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
        Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award 2018 Exhibition [finalist], Bouchard Finlayson Wine Cellar, Hermanus, South Africa
        FRIEZE, RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel , South Africa
        Slow the Flow, The Gallery, Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa

        Shaping Light, Studio  BONG, Florence, Italy
        In with the New, The Gallery, Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa
        Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award 2017 Exhibition [finalist], Bouchard Finlayson Wine Cellar, Hermanus, South Africa
        What do you See?, Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

        Touching a Photograph, Casa Petrarca , Figline Valdarno, Florence, Italy

        Michaelis Graduate Exhibition, Michealis School of Fine Art, Hiddingh Campus, Cape Town, South Africa
        Greatest Hits 2014: Domestic Odyssey, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
    • Interview
      • Tell us about yourself. Where are you based and where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        I’m originally from George but I studied in Cape Town and now I live and work here. I graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2014. It was at Michaelis that I learned about the cyanotype process and exploring this process has really driven my art making since graduating. I’m fascinated by nature and the natural world, especially the ocean. Living in a coastal city like Cape Town is very stimulating for my work and I currently get lots of ideas from the cities coastline. I am also a volunteer at the Two Oceans Aquarium and this experience also greatly influences my work.

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

        I can’t think of any specific rituals or habits. I get ideas for artworks pretty much at random at any point of any given day. I remember ideas easily so I don’t necessarily need to document them in any way but I do enjoy making small compositional planning’s of ideas for a work. I take lots of photos and also collect lots of images from magazines like National Geographic and these often lead to the basis of many works. I also tend to talk to my friends and roommates about my art ideas and share my ‘work in process’ with them. None of them are artists but I have found that people in other fields often give me some of the best input.

        Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        There are some local artists whose work I really enjoy. Natasha Norman, Katrine Claassens, Andrew Sutherland and Kirsten Beets come to mind.

        How is your work relevant in a South African context? And globally?
        I’d say it is relevant in a South African context as it is directly influenced by South Africa’s abundance of natural and environmental splendor. South Africa’s coast, from which most of my works are influenced, is a very special ecological environment due to the fact that we have two oceans and a warm and cold current that meet. On a global level, the ocean and concerns for its well-being are very prevalent topics and art that is fascinated by the ocean’s wondrous beauty and aware of its environmental significance is therefore relevant.

        What do you think South African artists can contribute to the global art market?

        I would like to think we can offer a unique perspective of life in South Africa and the things that concern us as well as the things that inspire, fascinate and even amuse us.

        What do you think of the StateoftheART Gallery Award as a platform for emerging artists in South Africa?
        It’s great to have a platform that encourages submissions and really makes emerging artists think about what it is about their work that not only makes it strong but also makes it a cohesive whole. The StateoftheART Gallery Award explained its interest in a signature look or mark of sorts and this allows one to look at their work and think about what it is, be it visually or conceptually, that drives their practice and unites their work as a whole. I feel this is very important and to provide a platform that will then promote and bring viewers to an artist’s work is really very exciting.

        How do you think selling art online and marketing through social media is valuable?

        I think in the way the world currently operates it is crucial. People spend so much time online and an online or social media presence offers so many opportunities to be seen. It is also exciting in that it open ones work to people who are not even on the same continent.

        Do you have any plans for the coming year?

        I am currently doing a Masters in Visual Art through UNISA and that will continue into next year, which I am very excited about. I will also continue working on and promoting the new body of work that I am currently creating.  This award has added even more motivation for me to really dive into this new body of works as some of them have been selected for the exhibition. This gives me extra confidence that I’m heading in an exciting direction. I also plan to maybe start looking at ways of teaching cyanotype classes.

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