“Images start off as energy that gain shape through words.”
Mariëtte Bergh is a quiet watcher, a voyeur of people in the mundanity of their everyday. The artist has only just recently relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Her works interrogate the strange fiction of the day to day through imaginary characters and animal metaphors. Hers is the realm of the seeming incompatibility of opposing thoughts: routine and change, conformity and rebellion, something and nothing, mundane and mystery, image and text.
Reverse-glass painting is Bergh’s favourite medium but she mixes this up with other materials such as oil and wood. Trained as a painter and illustrator, Bergh is fascinated by the potential of the doodle as a tool in her art-making. Music, poetry and writing are big inspirations for her observations of humanity. In that somewhere space between the picture and the word is the energy that shapes her production.
Schooled at the Johannesburg National School of the Arts and Vega, the Brand Communication School, Johannesburg, Bergh worked for some years as a graphic designer and art director before enjoying having the rug pulled out from under her feet when she moved back into fine art full-time. She relishes this change as her free-fall independence.
Selected Projects & Exhibitions:
2014 – Gravity at Salon 91, Cape Town. 2013 – Lovely Creatures at Culture Gallery, Cape Town; One In A Million at Salon 91, Cape Town, Cape Town Art Fair with Salon 91. 2012 – Bare Your Bones at Room, Johannesburg; The Art of Happiness at Upstairs@Bamboo, Johannesburg. 2010 – Swindle at Left, Johannesburg; We Don’t Belong at Left, Johannesburg; Life in a Picture at Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town. 2005 – Ansisters at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.