Berry Meyer is a collage artist deeply embedded in the medium of printed images. She holds no hierarchies in her pursuit of the often-discarded paper artefacts of yesteryear. She constantly scours second hand bookshops, thrift stores and flea markets and will cut out, mount and prepare images long before the idea for a particular work begins. Collage is both a tool of her art-making and an integral part of its meaning. Working from her raw image library she constructs thoughtful three-dimensional comments on time, race, sexuality and popular culture.
Meyer recognises herself as an artist living under times of increasing crisis. She responds to this by interrogating and parodying historical representations in the printed material she works within order to find alternative possibilities for representing in the present. Issues of patriarchy, nationalism and religion are deconstructed in her collages through her reimagining of the found images of women, men, children, flora, fauna and landscapes.
By juxtaposing images produced in different times and eras in a single new image, Meyer enables a new dialogue with historical ideas in the present moment. She views her medium as picturing the contemporary through the excess of its existing representations. Her current work focuses particularly on the female trope in fairytales. Her project, ‘After Midnight’ imagines female possibilities in a world after midnight, a narrative space for women to grapple with their agency.
Meyer was born in Namibia. She completed her BA in Design and Masters of Philosophy in Illustration at Stellenbosch University and did Post-Graduate studies at UCT. She currently lives in the Netherlands.
Selected Exhibitions: 2018 – ‘Art Window: Midnight’ (solo) in Amsterdam, Netherlands; ‘Germain & Guests,’ Rockarchive in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 2017 – ‘Field’ group exhibition at Salon91; ‘Trees Make Forests,’ Salon91; Four Season Art Fair Amsterdam. 2016 – ‘Oracle’, group exhibition at Salon91; This Art Fair Amsterdam, Netherlands; ‘Paper Is You III’, group exhibition at Salon91; ‘Aipathy,’ Cavalli Estate, Cape Town. 2014 – ‘Golden Haze’ group show at Salon91; ‘Paper Is You II’, group exhibition at Salon91; ‘Greatest Hits,’ AVA Gallery, Cape Town.
KIRSTEN SIMS expresses the way she views the world through painting, seeking a connection with viewers through images. Her work has a strong narrative quality and is often animated by a sartorial crowd of characters, but she just as naturally replaces the theatre of human interaction with the drama of a natural landscape. Whether familiar or imagined, place plays an important role in her work. She lives and works in Cape Town but the vista she has painted most is the ocean view from her family home in Mossel Bay. Sims’ philosophy in life and art is “one thing leads to another”. Her own path has led to editorial and commercial illustration projects, solo shows in Cape Town and Toronto, inclusions in numerous art fairs and group exhibitions, and a published children’s picture book. She completed a BA in Applied Design at the Stellenbosch Academy (2011) and her Honours degree in Illustration at Stellenbosch University (2014).
Upcoming Exhibition: 17 August – 15 September, solo exhibition, Salon91.
Selected Projects & Exhibitions: 2017 – Trees Make Forests, year-end group exhibition, Salon91; FNB Joburg Art Fair with Salon91; Field, group exhibition, Salon91; Saturn Return, solo exhibition at Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2016 – The Spirit of Irma, a group show at the Irma Stern Museum; Oracle, year-end group exhibition, Salon91; Leap Year, online exhibition with Salon91; You Are Here, solo exhibition, Salon91. 2015 – The Middle of Nowhere, a solo exhibition at Salon91; Middle of Nowhere, Canadian Edition, a solo exhibition at the Alison Milne Gallery, Toronto, Canada. 2014 – Paper is You II, group exhibition, Salon91. 2013 – Aurora, all-female illustration group exhibition, Salon91; Emerging Creative at Design Indaba. 2012 – A Drawing a Day, online exhibit where a new illustration was posted to the artist’s blog daily.