Artist: Background

Naretha Pretorius: A Journey of Awareness

I studied at the University of Pretoria where I completed my BA in Fine Art in 1997 majoring in painting.  I grew up and lived in Pretoria for over 20 years before I moved to Johannesburg working as a training manager at a Web Development company.  I started at Vega the School of Brand Innovation in 2001 and in 2003 I moved to Durban to assist in the establishment of the Durban campus.  I currently lecture the Honours students and act as the vice principal overseeing the academic operations and quality assurance.

I am a practicing artist working in mixed media ranging from painting, drawing, giclee prints, found objects and three dimensional media.  I have participated in numerous group exhibitions in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.  On 27 June 2011 I opened my first solo exhibition at artSPACE Durban, titled Onthaal Onthul.  The exhibition and this blog formed part of my Masters in Fine Art journey.  I recently submitted my dissertation, and am pleased to announce that I passed with distinction.

This blog is to showcase my work, but more importantly to share my thoughts and to reflect on and document my creative process… and for you to share your thoughts, ideas and helpful critique.

My Masters was an exploration of my childhood memories and my life journey, reflecting on my upbringing as a white Afrikaner woman, raised during Apartheid in a conservative Calvinistic household.  My memories are both bitter, and filled with sweetness.

You will find many images of doilies, churches, teacups,  and scenes of landscapes,  and farming … themes ranged from childhood memories of family and domesticity, etiquette, (conservative/controlled) behaviour and mannerism/manners, Afrikaner or personal memorabilia, old photographs and images that are reminiscent and nostalgic of a time gone by… and that which continues to exist.  The images are positioned in a South African context, yet in some cases it can speak to a wider audience.  I comment on gender inequalities and socio-political systems and structures within a South African context.

Please comment and contribute, this will assist me in my research and continous development of my work.  Constructive criticism is welcomed, and if you like the work, you can request a price.

Looking forward to your comments!

naretha pretorius