• Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht

    Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht
    • Artist Statement
      • Still Life in Motion

        The title refers to 17th century Dutch Still Life genre, called Vanitas painting, and metaphorically to the idea that “there is still life in this old body - as long as it keeps moving.” In Vanitas painting the motif of a skull or clock, in a composition of fruit and flowers that represent the good life, reminds the viewer of the transitory nature of life. My images of people, moving with youthful vigour (equivalent to the Vanitas painting’s lush fruit and flowers) provides a sobering reminder of the ever present shadow of doubt, death and fragility through the shadows, blurred movement and dissolving form, I have achieved through through slow shutter speed and other camera tricks, enhanced in digital post production.

        The photo-essay, Still Life in Motion, is an exploration of the contradictions inherent in the aging human body, as enhanced during movement. My line of thought recalls a period, almost forgotten, of the grace of youth. Through the dance, peaks of joy and passion are brought forward, interlaced with a deep sadness underlying my sense of loss. The project is an acknowledgment of this period of midlife and beyond. It has become a meditation focusing upon the increasing fragility and vulnerability of life and relationships as I grow older.

        Reality seems to splinter in my viewfinder, revealing, more and more, an illusion.
    • Biography
      • EDUCATION:
        Masters Degree in Art History; B.A. Languages.
        Photography Diploma Course through the New York Institute of Photography

        AWARDS:
        Winner of several Show Case Competitions on New York based online Art Gallery, Artlsant; Merit awards at New York Institute of Photography

        PROFESSIONAL CAREER:


        Lecturer and Researcher in Art History at Rand Afrikaans University - 1970’s 1980’s.
        Professional Assistant Johannesburg Art Gallery, Joubert Park - 1970’s.
        Journalism: feature writer for local magazines and international online publications.
        Specialized Journalism: Freelance Art Critic for Media 24 newspapers since 1978, writing on the visual arts and crafts.
        Studied photography to complement journalistic writing in 2002. From that beginning my interest grew in photography as a form of personal expression.
        Photography has become my main objective since 2009 when my interest shifted from Photo-Journalism to Fine Art Photography.

        THEMES AND MOTIFS:
        Capturing movement in all its varied forms - from reflections in pavement splashes, to feelings in people’s facial and bodily expressions.

        METHOD and MEANING:

        Slow shutterspeed, flash, in an attempt to test the expressive qualities of error in a search for meaning.

        EXHIBITIONS:


        Group:
        2009
        Reality and Beyond, Museum Africa, Johannesburg.
        2010 - 2013
        Cape Town School of Photography.
        2010
        Affordable Art Exhibition, Manhattan, New York.

        Solo:
        2010 
        The Flow of Stone, Waterkant Gallery, Cape Town.


        Publications:
        To Life - Dance It; A Story in Image Words and Movement, in collaboration with Dawn Garisch, printed by Orms, ISBN-978-0-620-55950-8.
    • Interview

      • What is your favourite film of all time?
        “Unbearable Lightness Of Being”,based on the book by Milan Kundera.


        What music are you currently listening to and why?
        Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites, at once tearing at my heart and uplifting my spirit.


        Which living artists do you most admire and why?
        Roger Ballen, for his unbelievable insight in human nature and the raw, magical quality of his surreal, staged world.


        Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Picasso, for his constant experimentation with new ideas and forms of expression and his marvellous fusion of the spiritual with the erotic as major creative forces.


        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        Da Vinci's unfinished painting, “Adoration Of The MagiI”, in Uffizi Gallery, Florence, for the multi-layered, elusive qualities.


        What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
        ‘Where did you do this or what is it?'I tell them.


        What/ who inspired you to be an artist?
        Two invitations from strangers who wanted to show my pictures that they happened to see on the online gallery where I posted my pictures to learn about photography.This lead to me to think differently about my "holiday snaps".


        Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any, the significance of this location is.
        First in situ, outdoors in a landscape, or in the streets. Then working the mages on my computer, playing with the varying tones, changing colour to black and white and 'painting' back some muted tones. This is when and where what was merely a potentiality when I clicked the shutter, becomes magic for me. Not by introducing new objects or new colours, but by enhancing and emphasizing what has been captured on the sensor by the camera.


        What do you like most about being an artist?
        Expressing what cannot be said in words. Looking through a lens, turns what seemed interesting into something that suggests intrigue. Refining the ability to ssee potential in objects and scenes, before I look through the lens. the extra thrill when the final image on screen or in print resonates with somebody else. The feeling of sharing an experience is great.


        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        Being featured in an online magazine, "camera Obscura" in April 2009, being invited for a solo exhibition May to June 2010, and selling my work to enthusiatic collectors at this local exhibition in Cape Town as well as at a group exhibition at the 'Affordable Art Fair' in New York May 2010.


        What are your plans for the coming year?
        Continue marketing my work at local and online galleries; travelling with my camera, writing an article about the experience and making pictures of that cannot be said in any other way.


        Studio Feature >>

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