I am on sabbatical at the moment and am happy to say that I am going to spend a lot of time at Michaelis – U.C.T., University of Cape Town.
I am partaking in an abstract group exhibition at Youngblood in Bree Street until end of March. The body of 25 small artworks is about my ongoing exploration of the concept Temperaments. It would be my pleasure to meet you at the Beautiful Life Building if you are interested in a walkabout.
Natasja de Wet was born in South Africa in 1968. She is a Fine Art and Graphic Design graduate from Tshwane University of Technology. De Wet continued her studies in Visual Art at UNISA under former professor and HOD of Visual Art Elfriede Dreyer and Koos van der Watt, at third-year level in Drawing and Painting. De Wet’s subtle portrayal of the human psyche led her to study Psychophonetics (personal development) at Persephone College under Jehuda Tagar.
In her early solo exhibitions, Facing Reality (2001) and Living in Process (2002), she questioned and excavated, with oil on acrylic sheets, the continual process of life. In 2004 she followed these with a conceptual and installation exhibition about Valkenburg Mental Hospital (Re-Con-Text), with dramatic drawings and mixed-media work linked to three-dimensional assemblage, constructed from found objects.
After partaking in a group exhibition (Afrovibes) in Amsterdam, another solo exhibition, Thicker Skin was held in Cape Town in 2008 (the work here a row of acrylic boxes containing objects made from fabric, latex, gauze, bandages, rubber and paper, exploring issues like camouflage, hiding, insecurity and sexuality).
Also in 2008, Sasol Gas acquired the work on paper 'The grass is greener on the other side', and it now hangs in the foyer of the Sasol Gas building in Johannesburg.
In 2009 De Wet participated in the Florence Biennale, where she received an award for ‘Excavating Solid Courage’ – a mixed-media work on paper. She continued with this theme and showed the body of work ‘Contemplation’ at the 2011 Izmir Biennale in Turkey.
In her fifth solo exhibition, Running Towards Yourself, in Cape Town in 2013, De Wet explored the notion that, unconsciously, humans are in constant flux to balance, or at least harmonize, the feminine and masculine sides of their being. The paintings were produced in acrylic on canvas, allowing for the rapid and energetic application of paint and expressionistic mark-making.
In 2015 one of De Wet’s paintings from the body of work ‘Running Towards Yourself’ was acquired for the permanent collection of the city of Seinäjoki, in Finland.
All De Wet’s work can be seen as portraiture of some kind. She instinctively strives to reveal the inner character, or soft underbelly, of humankind.
YOUNGBLOOD Arts & Culture Development Presents:
Natasja de Wet
[Art Exhibition running for three weeks]
Darkroom Contemporary & Unmute Dance Company
Accessibility Photo Story & Performance
Foodlab open for dinner - email@example.com
Youngblood Arts & Culture Development
Beautifull life building
70-72 Bree Street, Cape Town
I hope to seen you next Thursday or contact me for a walkabout at the Gallery!
Installation of my work at the Red Carpet Fashion Show:
Thank you to Kirsty, Jade and all the ladies at Red Carpet Concepts for showing my artwork at the fashion show, publishing an article in the Prestige Magazine, as well as the exposure of the event on DSTV Fashion One on Friday night. I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with you!
Saturday, 17 September 2016 saw the sixth annual Red Carpet Fashion Show in partnership with Prestige Magazine and DStv’s Fashion One South Africa, with an incredible line up of international and local designers at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay. The celebration marked the seventh anniversary of Red Carpet Concepts – bespoke communications agency and producers of #RCFS. This year the Red Carpet Fashion Show went global redefining the South African runway with a fusion of art, fashion, music, culture, gastronomy and fine wine. Local and international designer brands showcased their spring-summer collections with a mix of SA’s finest couture alongside some of our freshest up and coming trend setters in the local fashion scene. Included was SA King of Couture Jacques LaGrange Couture, fashion powerhouse Joanna Hedley with BeachCult (known for her showstopper run in Africa Fashion Week London and MBFW Joburg), The Hive _ fashion (recently featured at Cannes Film Festival), OnTrend SA (a conglomerate of fun, fresh and funky designers) and M-Couture! Modest wear together with fine quality footwear by Tread and Miller. "I'm so honoured to have been asked to show my latest Spring/Summer 2017 couture collection at the Red Carpet Fashion Show. Showing real couture to a select group of people like those at the Red Carpet event is more what Jacques LaGrange couture is all about. Like I always say... couture is a lifestyle not a party dress. It was a world class event and very proud to associate Jacques LaGrange Couture to the event", expresses Jacques LaGrange. Designer brands from abroad included Devernois (France), Hackett London, Juicy Couture (USA) and Vilebrequin (St Tropez) together with Etnia Barcelona eyewear. Further driving the show’s global credibility was the glamourous and sophisticated celebrity Master of Ceremonies Jen Su, along with celebrity guests like Andrew Chaplin, from Locnville who attended with Jade Hubner of Top Billing. Comments Jade: "The attendance was outstanding, everybody wanted to be at this event. The fashion show was filled with outfits you genuinely could wear, I kept taking reference shots of all the garments I wanted to get. I particularly loved theHive collection! Overall a beautiful event with friendly people." Also joining in the celebrations were Radio & TV personality, Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, Mark Bayly and model/celebrity chef, Ilse Fourie. Guests were welcomed by Maserati South Africa vehicles parked at the entrance of The Bay Hotel creating a sophisticated feeling as guests arrived. Swiss watch manufacture and designer, TAG Heuer also displayed a stunning collection of watches at Sandy B Private Beach Club for guests to simply admire. Upon arrival complimentary gourmet canapés from Mediterranean Delicacies prepared by The Bay Hotel were served, paired with premium Deetlefs Wine Estate wines, MCC and a fruity selection of refreshing Sir Fruit. “A kaleidoscope of fashion and fun. Bring on RCFS2017!” Says Bea Liebenberg of Deetlefs Wines. Anthony Lourandos of Mediterranean Delicacies adds: "It was wonderful for Mediterranean Delicacies to be associated with world famous brands, at a world class event. Just as the wine was flowing, so were the models showcasing the outstanding couture made in South Africa and abroad." A pre-event performance from beat-boxer, singer and live-looper, loneraynger took place at Sandy B Private Beach Club before guests were taken through to Tides for the fashion show whilst guests enjoyed interactive activations where professional hair, make-up, manicures and massages were offered by Cape Town Beauty Bar, Dermalogica South Africa, ghd and rain - created for living. “It was a pleasure working with the producers and designers, been given the freedom to create beautiful hair, it’s just what we do. We strive to create looks that are inspirational and wearable for the every-day woman and this was most definitely seen at this year’s RCFS 2016.”says Andrew Young, National Education manager of ghd South Africa Tides Restaurant was transformed into an impressive fashion show production with Kelly John Gough - Visual Artist and Natasja de Wet’s exquisite artwork at the entrances of the venue. A beautiful rose wall designed by Eventiv, specifically for RCFS2016 was placed at the end of the runway, creating a feeling of poise and style as the models stepped onto the ramp. The runway itself was designed and installed by Next Dimension Entertainment, ABS sheeting marked the runway with one section of small LED lighting, encapsulating the ramp for a glistering effect as each model walked by in their flawless designer wear. “From sexy beachwear to sophisticated elegance designers of the Red Carpet Fashion Show presented an alluring elegance for every woman and man. I loved the designs, delectable treats and breath-taking entertainment. 5 star indeed”, Proclaims Style Africa MD and Country Manager of the South African Islamic Fashion and Design Council, Roshan Isaacs. TULU Entertainment captured the audience with graceful dance performances. The entire sound and lighting rig system was built and programed by leading high-end technical equipment specialists, Kilowatt AV who effortlessly ensured the production of the show ran smoothly while backstage production and choreography was impeccably managed by Melanie Rossline. Music producer of SA and New York Fashion Week, DINO MORAN, headed up the auditory production for the runway and after party, creating an upbeat ambience unique to RCFS 2016 designers. Francesca Biancoli wowed guests with her live Bjork cover performance during Devernois’ showcasing, preceded by The Loneraynger’s live beatboxing interlude. Following the fashion show the after party which took place at Sandy B Private Beach Club offered more decadent dessert canapés and dessert wines. Guests received luxury gift bags filled with spa vouchers and products from Dermalogica, Rain Africa, ghd, Cape Town Beauty Bar, Mint Wellness Spa, Morgan Taylor South Africa and more to commemorate the evening; and two lucky guests each walked away with a DStv Explora decoder. In support of a good cause R30 off each ticket went towards Relate Bracelets supporting the Endangered Wildlife Trust for the Dugong Project, the Rhino Project and Cheetah Project as well as the Save the Elephants Project. Making RCFS not just a commemoration of local and international fashion trends, but an event that acknowledges the importance of South Africa’s incredible wildlife. Photography by Julia Janse van Vuuren Photography and Mitch Diany.
I am excavating solid courage,
Pushing in the direction of clarity.
I am contemplating,
Unfolding the balance,
Containing nurturing love,
- detail of work on paper for the Florence Biennale 2009
Ps: I am enjoying this artist-weekend-takeover on Instagram!