Maritha van Amerom has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout South Africa and her work forms part of collections world wide, including Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Netherlands, Ireland and Scotland.
Maritha has been a finalist in the Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards (2014) and SPI Portrait Awards (top 150, 2015). She has also been selected as one of the Gold list Top 60 emerging international artists of today (March 2017, Art Market).
Absolut Art (Stellenbosch)
Showroom Art Gallery (Gauteng)
Grande Provence (Franschhoek)
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In this body of work, using ink as my main media, I explore the relation between the controllable and uncontrollable. When working with ink and combining it with other elements there is a certain amount of uncertainty… an evolution of a kind… The interaction between the elements creates an almost numinous new dimension.
I work with that. Conscious mark making is placed next to, or integrated with, the uncontrolled mark. It’s a yin yang relationship. The uncontrollable in juxtapose to the controllable.
My practice is strongly inspired by the interplay between the conscious and the subconscious or the sublime. This process results into images with a mystical feel and an underlying natural energy - maritha.net
April: 'Handmade Heaven', Absolut Art, Stellenbosch
April-May: 'GreySCALE', ST Lorient, Pretoria
May: 'Chui ta ka ma', Johan van Heerden Gallery, Pretoria
Maritha van Amerom is a South African born artist with European roots.
'My earliest memories as young artist transport me back to my German Grandmother, a Fine Art Graduate from the University of Graz, Austria. Apart from input from numerous well-known artists throughout my career, my grandmother’s passion for art can still be singled out as one of the biggest influences in my art career.
I’m a South African born artist and psychologist. My inspiration is born from living and observing life. I’m fascinated with the human body, its form, shape and reaction to elements like gravity or age. The most intriguing is the underlying, often invisible emotion inside that body, which translates and becomes alive through hands, posture, eyes and movement. I find that the challenge often lies in the ability to see the emotional and to give it form and a sense of tangibility.
I work with all media but have a fond love for inks… As a medium, ink has an honesty and a vulnerability that can translate into different meanings when applied in different ways. I find that my work often reverts back to the ‘human condition’, it’s challenges and it’s realities, and our constant need to approve or being approved, rather than just ‘being’ who we are and being ok with that. '
Having her Master's degree in Psychology she practiced as Psychologist for many years. After enrolling as art student for three years, she made a dramatic career change and started working as full-time artist in 2009.
Her fascination with the human body, its form, shape, reaction to elements like gravity or age is the basis from which she works. The most intriguing is the underlying, often invisible emotion inside that body, which translates and becomes alive through hands, posture, eyes and movement. Often the challenge lies in the ability to see the emotional and the imperceptible and to give it form, life and a sense of tangibility.
"I believe our decisions and ultimately our life, is directly linked to the way we see ourselves as well as others. My subject matter mostly includes some form of human element.
I am intrigued by the link between the psyche and the arts, but also by the interplay between the controlled vs the uncontrolled. I would often experiment on the work itself and allow the element of surprise to form part of the bigger whole, almost like a kind of meditative art. Being in a meditative state whilst creating is where the actual ‘process of creating’ is also given importance, and the creator is both an artist and a witness, attentively observing the process as it takes place.
I find that my work often reverts back to the human race and our constant need for approval as well as improving of the self, rather than just ‘being’ who we are and being OK with that. The viewer is therefor mostly presented with various, often absurd, elements from which they can draw their own conclusions or internal dialogue.
My art, painting, life drawing, jewellery, photography are all interlinked - the human figure, and more specific the human condition, with key elements like growth, aspiration, conflict, mortality, emotionality, challenges and uniqueness, being my main inspiration."
Over the past 3 years Maritha has also been involved in running of the Somerset West Life Drawing Group - a group of figure drawing artists that get together bi-monthly to share their passion for drawing in a beautiful creative environment.