Isabella Kuijers describes the varied subject matter of her watercolour paintings as “collections of images and ideas strung together into taxonomies – both personal and botanical”. In a style that references botanical illustration, she creates bouquets of experience. Images from dreams, historical sources and popular culture find their way into her collage-like paintings. In these saccharine, baby-pink works, she co-opts imagery of figures, fruit, flowers and other flotsam to create a feminine algal bloom. Kuijers disguises objects and artefacts among her magenta foliage but ever present is the inexhaustible glossary of botanical symbols.
Kuijers writes regularly for Artthrob and contributes to ArtAfrica Magazine. She was born in 1992 in Cape Town and received her BAFA in 2014 from Stellenbosch University.
Selected Exhibitions: 2016 – Oracle, group exhibition at Salon91; Overgrowth, a solo show at 99Loop, Cape Town; Reveries at AGOG Gallery, Maboneng, Johannesburg; STEP ONE, TWO at 6 Spin Street, Cape Town; SKETCH, Smith Studio, Cape Town 2015 – Dreams Amongst Other Things, a group exhibition at Salon91 2014 –Gradex ’14, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch.