Catherine Holtzhausen is a collage artist and illustrator whose mixed media works embody a humorous and nurturing approach to the world. Her lively figures celebrate a bountiful existence crafted from hand painted paper and prints. Her work initially evolved from the off-cuts of other artworks but has since become a mature and vibrant practice incorporating the textures achieved by watercolour painting, oil-based monotype and collagraph printing methods.
THATSCRAP is Holtzhausen’s first large scale and long-term artistic project and is made up of works produced daily during a time of extreme illness. The work chronicles her attempts to direct, catalog and reflect upon the influences of class, gender and economy on her life as a young female artist. She has also explored other forms of expression from film photography to collaging with imagery found in vintage national geographic magazines.
Holtzhausen’s works stand as a confident challenge to social constructs, particularly the media-molded inner voice of women telling themselves that they are less. Each of Holtzhausen’s pieces honours a humanist moment of joy or playfulness. Celebrations of the female form in all its varieties as well as joyful motifs of healthy, life affirming activities like gardening, swimming and dancing strive to remind the viewer that they are worthy and wonderful.
Awards and Exhibitions: 2018 – ‘THATSCRAP,’ Solo Exhibition, Alliance Française, Cape Town;‘The Truth About Rabbits,’ Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville.2017 – ‘Tall Tales,’ Alumni Exhibition, Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography; ‘The Fear,’ Slee Gallery, Stellenbosch; ‘Tall Tales,’ Alliance Française du Cap, Cape Town; ‘Array,’ The Galley at Taj Hotel, Cape Town. 2016 – ‘Trick or Treat,’ Wolves, Johannesburg; ‘Repeating Patterns: Back to Basics,’ Food and Art: An interactive exhibition, Small Studios, Pretoria; ‘ArtMode,’ MiniCooper, Cape Town; ‘Aeipathy,’ Cavali Gallery, Stellenbosch; ‘Art10k,’ The Glass Box, Cape Town. 2015 – ‘ArtMode,’ The Palms, Cape Town. 2014 – ‘The petting Zoo,’ PJ Olivier art centre, Stellenbosch; Loerie Award Craft Certificate in the Student Print & Design Crafts.