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.
'Amoebae' Series by Mariëtte Kotzé
Monoprints created from ink wash movement on scanner bed, digitally captured and printed on paper.
W:20cm x H:20cm framed each.
In this body of work I continue my exploration of abstraction through alternative photography. Focusing on the activity of the artistic process, I create my own internal landscapes through digitizing ink wash movements with a macro lens. My work questions photography by capturing images that can never be created again.
I draw inspiration from Wassily Kandinsky’s writings regarding the spiritual in art, which influenced the work of the Abstract expressionists, as well as Japanese Zen calligraphy, which focuses on the meditative process of art-making and the expression of the subconscious mind.
The themes of my work are determined by the unpremeditated end result. When I started out using this technique it was mainly about the process and experimenting. Currently, looking at the works created after a 4-year period, all abstract in definition, I am able to divide them into categories, differentiating between abstract objects, landscape looking spaces, earth textures and colorful compositions that resemble a mood or song.
My scanogram paintings are created through the combination of ink and water puddling, adding solvents to extend and retard the ink’s natural tendency to bloom and creep, and also changing its colour. The results are captured using a Dual lens scanner system, acting as a macro lens and paint surface simultaneously.
Through my work I aim to focus attention on Time as an ephemeral concept, by allowing the viewer to appreciate the transient moment in full by looking closer. I then shift the focus towards the beauty of accumulated time, where the creative journey and process becomes more important than the end product.
'Moody Blue' by Mariëtte Kotzé
monoprint in archival pigment ink on Hahnemule museum etching paper.
W:50cm x H:60cm
"In my work, I explore abstraction though alternative photography. I focus on the activity of the artistic process to create my own internal landscapes, by digitizing ink wash movement with a macro lens. My work questions photography by capturing images that can never be recreated."
'Drift Apart In Air' by Mariëtte Kotzé
Mixed media of ink wash movement on scanner bed, digitally captured and printed on Hahnemule paper.
W:75cm x H:60cm unframed
Watch our short film with Mariëtte as she shows us her process using a scanner and inks: