Maria van Rooyen

“Perhaps home is a place we construct to juxtapose our current ‘here’.”

Place and displacement are recurring themes in van Rooyen’s work. She is inspired by the literature and history of her home country, South Africa, particularly sources of history-as-narrative – referring to the written, drawn and recorded impressions of events by those who are present as observers. She is attracted to the subjective nature of theses source.

Her new monotype prints continue with this interest in place and displacement. The interior or domestic landscape of these works is strangely confining. The furniture contains or limits the supine or seated figures. Here the home is made uncomfortable by its spatial construction.

Her large-scale mixed media drawings – combining ink, charcoal and coin rubbings – are laden with the history and politic of Southern Africa’s place in the global economy. In these works, the picture plane is repeatedly fragmented: composed of the individual paper strips of currency rubbings and inky descriptions. These composite images are conceived to disclose the ideological underpinnings of social and natural conceptions of space.

Selected Exhibitions:

2014 – Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon 91. 2010 – The Long Way Home, solo exhibition, Salon 91, Cape Town; Every Secret Thing at Polokwane Art Museum, Polokwane; Collateral at Fried Contemporary, Pretoria. 2009 – History(n) at UCA Gallery, Cape Town; Artist in Residence at Modern Autohaus, BMW – Mobility, Polokwane. 2008 – Association d’Arts, Biarritz, France. 2006 – Installation at Memory, Narrative and Forgiveness, reflecting on ten years of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Cape Town; Solo Exhibition Alliance Francaise, Gerard Sekoto gallery, Johannesburg.

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