Attaining a BTech in Graphic Design from the Vaal University
of Technology (cum laude) in 2006, Janet has been able to merge design,
photography and fine art techniques in her work in pursuit of an individual or
unique style. She has facilitated as well as attended several workshops as part
of her work. Some of the workshops attended include an introductory workshop in
Art Therapy, a concept development workshop by Kai Lossgott, and a Professional
Arts Practice workshop presented by Art Source and Art Space Gallery.
Janet gets wildly inspired by walks in nature, deep
discussions with friends and work by other artists. Some of the artists whose
work inspire her most are Strijdom van der Merwe, Willem Boshoff, Lien Botha,
Berni Searle, Ian Marley, Marina Abramovic, Roni Horn, Di Smith, Stefanie
Schoeman and Walter Battiss.
Since 2013 Janet has been involved with Site_Specific Land
Art Events, and as part of this she participated as an invited artist in the
2013 International Land Art Biennale in Plettenberg Bay. She has created an
artwork for one of the bus stations for Cape Town City's MyCiti BRT service,
and in 2012 curated and organized the (eco)nversations Green Art exhibition as
part of the the Green Expo, held at the CTICC.
Her debut solo exhibition "Wild & Still:
expressions of the landscape" will show from 5-30 June 2014 at the StateoftheART gallery space
in Cape Town. An introduction by Strijdom van der Merwe and a performance art
piece by the artist will open the exhibition on 5 June from 6pm.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2013 | Pieces & Puzzles: Compositions of human
expression inspired by nature, curated by Stefanie Schoeman. Lovell Gallery, Cape Town.
2013 | Encounters Annual Wildlife exhibition at the Cape
Gallery, Cape Town.
2013 | Hiernamaals | Hereafter at Slee Gallery,
Stellenbosch, during Woordfees 2013.
2012 | Walk This Earth Alone at Gallery @ Grande Provence,
2012 | HumanEarth III: First Material group exhibition, US
2011 | Scrapes & Scapes. Bodutu Gallery, Vaal University
of Technology, Vanderbijlpark.
2010 | Dare to Dream in silent moments at Wessel Snyman
Creative, Cape Town.
2009 | Sangisa Sangisa Group Exhibition & performance
art VANSA Spin Space, Cape Town.
2008 | Unified: Unpretty, Unclean, Underneath, Unnatural Eat
Your Words Artspace, Vereeniging.
2008 | Between the lines at Gallery at Duncan Yard,
What is your favourite film of all time?!
Into the Wild, 2007
What music are you currently listening to and why?
VAST, the music is incredible, it sets me such an ideal mood for doing anything - whether it be creating art, going to a meeting, doing yoga, or catching up with a friend.
Which living artists do you most admire and why?
Strijdom van der Merwe and Andy Goldworthy for their Land Art, in which they work extensively in landscapes and use natural materials to create transient work. I also admire Berni Searle, Lien Botha, Christiaan Diedericks, Willem Boshoff and Wim Botha - all for the visual intricacies in their work as well as their interaction and apt interpretation of their mediums and concepts, whether it be performative (Searle), photographic (Lien Botha), drawing-based (Diedericks), language-focused (Boshoff) or responding to religious practices (Wim Botha).
Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
Joseph Buyes for his ground-breaking avant garde work which relied on interaction and public participation. Also Walter Battiss for his incredible graphic artworks and Fook Island
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
I've seen a lot of great exhibitions, but one that stays with me is Wessel Snyman's exhibition "The Birds" at the AVA in 2009 has had a great impact on me. Firstly, because I was so impressed by his installation of folded bank-slip birds, I wrote a review of his art. This made him approach me to write a review about his following exhibition, and eventually I worked in his gallery for a month while he went to Australia!
What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
I am often asked what medium I use and prefer. Because I work in such a variety of media and techniques, I mention some of the techniques I use, and when the person shows interest in a specific medium, we continue the conversation with a focus on that particular medium.
What/ who inspired you to be an artist?
I was lucky to have great art teachers at school, Lientjie Barnard and Thea Luus, who made Art History interesting and inspiring. They exposed me to the work of European, American as well as South African artists that inspired me and fed my passion for art that started from a very early age. But without the amazing support and encouragement that I have always received from my parents, I would not be who and where I am now.
Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any, the significance of this location has?
I love working in the landscape, whether I'm drawing/painting my immediate surroundings or working with the actual materials and objects in the landscape. There is a sense of closeness, reality and also peace when working in nature. That closeness to the creation, and involvement in the process often extends to my work in the studio, as I aim to work with natural materials as much as possible.
What do you like most about being an artist?
The license to be 'weird' and the flexibility of my work time.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
Working alongside and meeting artists such as Kornelia Konrads, Waltern Oltmann, Gordon Froud, and Strijdom van der Merwe during the 2013 Land Art Biennale. It was exciting and daunting and amazing and energizing, all at the same time.
What are your plans for the coming year?
Well, the most important plan is my first solo exhibition, “Wild & Still”, that opens on 5 June at the www.StateoftheART at 61 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town. Other than that I am planning to travel to the Karoo and Northern Cape this year, as well as do more Land Art in the Helderberg area of the Western Cape, South Africa.