Botanica II – New Perspectives on Botanical Art by South African Women Artists

Botanica II – New Perspectives on Botanical Art by South African Women Artists

Art b. Gallery | 21.08 – 10.09.2019

“Botanical Art has in the past referred to the depiction of the form, colour and details of plant species, often with an emphasis on scientific accuracy, along with an artistic component. Following on from last year’s first successful ‘Botanica’ exhibition, I have asked 23 Women Artists to challenge their traditional understanding of Botanical Art, while incorporating unconventional techniques.

As the Cape heads into spring, viewers can look forward to immersing themselves in a garden of flora-inspired artworks in a wide variety of media, from embroidery and fibre arts to ceramics, sculpture, assemblage, collage, painting, printmaking and drawing.”
-Adele Van Heerden

Participating artists include: Kimathi Mafafo, Marli Steyl, Caitlin Mkhasibe, Sophie Peters, Judy Woodborne, Michelle LeGrange, Antoinette Hampton, Ilse Nieman, Katharine Meeding, Clare Menck, Pascale Chandler, Ilené Bothma, Juria Le Roux, Jolandi Coetzee, Monique Day-Wilde, Zelda Weber, Marguerite Roux, Chloe Obermeyer, Elzanne Louw, Odette Graskie, Tanja Truscott, Helen van Stolk and Kali van der Merwe.

Artworks by Participating Artists in the Botanica Exhibition

Artist Statement

Artwork by Caitlin Mkhasibe _ CNL

Chronic Neutrophilic Leukemia (CNL), 2019

64cm x 64cm x 3.5cm

Beetroot ink in between two panes of glass, glue, Kiaat wood frame, LED lights

Botanica. Image from Adele van Heerden's Instagram @adelevanheerden
Botanica exhibition shot. Image from Adele van Heerden's Instagram @adelevanheerden

CNL detail in daylight and at night.

Eastside Open Studio

I was a guest artist in the Eastside end-of-year Open Studio and also showed CNL in this.

Dark Nebula

Dark Nebula, 2021, Smoke on glass, dots made with biodegradable earbuds and various sized needles, LED lights in a Kiaat wood frame, 50cm x 50cm

CNL (2019) progressed into Dark Nebula (2020-2021), made during the Covid-19 Pandemic lock-down. I worked on the back of the glass to add new elements to this artwork. Something about it felt like its own progression within my own grieving process.

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