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Isabella Kuijers

Isabella Kuijers is an artist, curator and writer who graduated with a BFA from the University of Stellenbosch in 2014. While Kuijers’s medium might vary from watercolours and oil sketches to reverse-glass paintings, botanical imagery pervades all of her work, like rhizomes probing through the soil. Her enduring fascination with plants and the meaning with which they have been imbued is in part due to the pace at which plant life proliferates, forming a backdrop to human endeavour. Kuijers has cast plant life as both personal and political, as a foil to human perceptions of time and reality and, ultimately, as a gently resilient force. She creates bouquets of experience in her work. Images from dreams, historical sources and popular culture find their way into the paintings: ‘These quotidian fantasies, daydreams and anxieties are cobbled together from a cluttered mind fed on nightmares, YouTube binges and hours of Pinterest and Tumblr. Altogether they create a language of contemporary symbols or a set of absurd tarot cards; dream-like mash-ups composting gently and terrifyingly.’ Kuijers lives and works in Cape Town, and writes for the publication Art Throb.

Iziko meets Fragranard
Isabella Kuijers
David Kuijers
Rowena Krynauw
Anton Smit
Amber Moir
Sharon Strydom
Alex Hamilton
Vicki Thomas
Andre Stead
Robin Kutinyu
Mary Visser
Catherine Paynter
Eric Eatwell
Lucie De Moyencourt
Theo Paul Vorster
Paula van Coller-Louw
Victor Kirov
Emil Sogor
Gerhard van Eck
Laurinda Belcher
Liffey Joy
Zach Mukwira
Max Kuijers
Tracy Payne
Johann Booyens
Lynne-Marie Eatwell
Claudia Gurwitz
Mark Chapman
Catherine Brennon
Isabel Mertz
Barbara Wildenboer
Esther Mahlangu
Jenny Parsons
Sarah Walters
Strijdom van der Merwe
Adriaan Diedericks
Herman van Nazareth
Zarah Cassim
Mark Hilltout
Chloe Townsend
Andile Dyalvane
Isabella Kuijers
Andrew Barlow
Erin Chaplin
Allesandro Pappada
Walter Battiss
Alastair Barnes
Rado Kirov
Bruce Little
Maritha Van Ameron
Gabrielle Raaff
Gabriela Orzechowski
Catherina Pagani
Marlene Von Durckheim
Zizipho Poswa
Monique du Plessis
Lawrence Brennon
Mia Louw
Janco De Beer
Wilma Cruise
Mind Shana
Sibonelo Chiliza
Wilna Eloff
Lotti Van Der Byl
Lynn Giles
Frans Mulder
Candice Dawn Blignaut
Cathy Layzell
Astrid Dahl
Ferdinand Kidd
Marguerite Roux
Rentia Retief

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