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S. Wameser. CAS Institute

Antoinette von Saurma

Munich, Germany

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Drawing, Painting • Born in Namibia • Studied at Johannesburg, and Munich

" What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity,and serenity..." Matisse 1908

I search for this dream amidst catastrophic upheavals in Nature and man.
Just as a sightless person uses his hands to navigate so I use nib and ink to organise information. Japanese papers, their transparency and finely pored translucency belying their inherent strength, are the primary inspiration and base for the initial "search" drawings. In devastated landscapes I seek and usually find a hair-raising beauty that...

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I search for this dream amidst catastrophic upheavals in Nature and man.
Just as a sightless person uses his hands to navigate so I use nib and ink to organise information. Japanese papers, their transparency and finely pored translucency belying their inherent strength, are the primary inspiration and base for the initial "search" drawings. In devastated landscapes I seek and usually find a hair-raising beauty that asks to be revealed. The meditative stoke upon stoke of nib and ink, brush and paper, paint on glass bring an inner order. The noise and inner turmoil of contortions in the natural world and her strife-ridden children is quieted.
A childhood and youth during a difficult political period in Africa, years searching for "culture" in Europe, exposure to the colour of Mexico, all are formative influences in the search for an x ray of what I am.
It began as an "agreeable distraction" and leads me further and further towards incisive dissection.
My second diploma culminated as master student of Jorinde Voigt in Munich.

"Spurensuche" Gouache auf Leinwand/ gouache on canvas " Focus"

"Spurensuche" Gouache auf Leinwand/ Gouache on canvas " Focus"

"Bam" , monotype mounted on canvas, 2016

"search" monotype mounted on canvas, 2016

"How to fall gracefully into the sea" 2016, ink on stone paper

"Hoe to fall gracefully into the sea ,no. 4" 2016

"zwerge, no 3" 2014

"For an empty Album" no 12, 2016

"Tante" gouache on canvas, 2014

"Disaster wallpaper" and "Onlookers", Ink on japan paper, graphite on wall, 2014

Installation,

Installation, "Schatten Archiv" 2015

" Spurensuche" Graphit auf papier/ graphite on paper " Focus"

" Spurensuche" Graphit auf papier/ graphite on paper " Focus"

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

The silence....and the smell of the tools.

What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?

The sound of a nib in conversation with the paper, reflections and shadows from outside

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

Anything that will make a mark....now that I have got over using "appropriate" tools

What themes do you pursue?

The sad signs of our " uncivilization"

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

Jorinde Voigt's question, " where are you here ? "

If you could install your art absolutely anywhere, where would that be?

A floor to ceiling, wall to wall paper installation in Grand Central station

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

A landsape by Vermeer

If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?

Reading

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

My chair on an african terrace


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2016 / 7

" Antoinette von Saurma", CAS LMU, Munich

2016

"sehen und sein" Frankfurt am Main

GROUP

2017

"In with the New" , Riebeek Kasteel , south Africa

2016

"polyphon" Klasse jorinde Voigt, Munich

"Small works" N.Y

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PUBLICATIONS

"Zu Antoinette von Saurma." Prof.Dr. Barbara Vinken

"Die stille Wucht. Antoinette von Saurma als Zeichnerin. " Iris Nocker

"Antoinette von Saurma" Erika Wäcker Babnik

AWARDS

2012, Celeste 1 preis für Malerei

EDUCATION (detailed)

1980 Johannesburg School of fine art and design

2016 Diploma , master class Jorinde Voigt, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Munich


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