Leaving her mark in the art world

2019-01-29 06:00

A former Fish Hoek resident will be exhibiting her art at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair.

Now in its seventh edition, the Investec Cape Town Art Fair is taking place from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 February.

Sitaara Stodel (28) has been selected as one of the five artists from around the world for the special solo section at the upcoming art fair.

The Investec Cape Town Art Fair showcases a diversity of work that represents the forefront of contemporary art from Africa to the world, and the world to Cape Town.

Stodel graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art.

“In my final year we had to do a body of work on a subject. Because I enjoyed collecting old family photos and pictures of houses, I decided to do a collage on that. So I went to markets and antiques shops and collected all the old stuff. I also loved the ‘old uses’ theme because it told my own story of being at different homes,” she says.

In 2015 she was awarded the Tierney Fellowship which allowed her to continue to create work while making a living. Since then she has been in multiple group shows, working in the media of photography, collage, video and print.

She is currently a technical officer in the Photography Department at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. She has also been a research assistant to Svea Joseph. She studied towards a BA in Fine Art from 2011 to 2014 at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. She also majored in photography in 2013.

Stodel uses photography, digital and physical collage, video, installation and print-making to explore themes including gender, identity, and space.

“I have memories of these many spaces and homes, but more prominent in my memory are the desire my sisters and I had for an ideal home. It feels really good to be able to share my work, which is not only my work but my passion. I am really grateful for my teachers who encouraged me to video myself while working. I had to move into different rooms taking videos and I love the work. I’m really looking forward to the art fair,” she says.

The fair will consolidate its dynamic vision, bringing innovation to exhibition on the African continent. In order to elevate art practices above the expectations of visitors and collectors, this year’s solo platform has taken a turn to the left-field. By incorporating new media into its major platform, the Investec Cape Town Art Fair is confirming its commitment to an emerging generation of artists using resources beyond the mediums of the past. As part of its mission, in its sixth edition the art fair launched its groundbreaking, inaugural solo exhibition to fully explore the artistic practices of emerging and established artists through curated solo presentations.

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