It’s the last day of August and with it the end of our month long Creative Women series. Wrapping it up is artist Larita Engelbrecht.
Larita lives and works in Cape Town. She graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2008 with a BA in Fine Art, after which she completed a MA in Visual Art at the same university in March 2012.
We asked what she has been busy with this year so far. She said, “During my MA studies I was focused on producing a coherent body of work that deals with notions of excess. I used craft techniques such as felt-making and collage to create fine art objects. Since my graduation in March this year I’ve been less focused on the conceptual side of art making, and more concerned with simply following my instinctual impulses to create things.
At the moment collage is the medium that I find the most appealing. I collect second hand books and magazines. I recently ‘discovered’ a bundle of 19th century William Hogarth reproductions in my parent’s house (they bought it at a antique store a few years ago), and these can be seen in my most recent collage work.”
The following four pieces are part of this series:
Currently Larita is traveling through Europe. She has been sharing her experiences and keeping us suitably envious via her online travel diary artistabroad.wordpress.com. She says, “I’m working as an artist in residence at a new media gallery in Finland in September. During the residency I will produce a series of video works. This will be my first time working as an artist abroad – I’m super psyched for the opportunity. I plan to continue my collage making, but I will be extending it beyond paper into video installation.”
Larita let us know who the creative woman she is most inspired by is, “There are a number of female creatives that inspire me. One of the people I admire is South African artist Kathryn Smith. Kathryn was one of my lecturers, and I’ve always admired her passion and relentless energy for being involved in a range of art related fields – from studio work, academic research, curating, writing and lecturing.
I admire the way that she is able to manage her successful career within this interface. She is currently perusing a degree in forensic art (her lifelong obsession) at the University of Dundee in Scotland. I think that the desire to always learn and experience new things is an integral part of being creative. Women with the guts to peruse this desire inspire me.”
‘Saturated Spectacle: After Hieronymus Bosch’ is currently on show at Grande Provence Gallery in Franshhoek. Three collages – ‘The Bench, ‘Number 13’ and ‘The Dog’ – and three felt sculptures – ‘Memento Mori I (skull)’, ‘Memento Mori II (ribs)’ and ‘Memento Mori III (spine)’ – are currently on show at Ebony in Loop Street.