In our latest issue, we take a look at three unique artists, each of whom uses their personal experience and aesthetic to create work that is striking in its ability to tell a visual story. Inspired by real-life experiences, the natural world’s beauty, and the human form, these artists all give us something to contemplate and enjoy.
Adele Potgieter began her career as a full-time painter in 2014 and has since shown her work at numerous group exhibitions around the country, including galleries in Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Hermanus. Adele creates striking still life paintings that feature botanical specimens, insects, birdlife and found items like feathers, seed pods and skulls. All of her work incorporates objects and images of things that have meaning to her. With a focus on realism, she explores the relationship between past and present, as well as internal and external realities.
Each artwork represents a pattern of some kind and acts as a tribute to life, renewal, growth and abundance. Adele uses numerous mediums to create her artworks — she creates compositions with the help of digital tools and collage and has also experimented with flat lay photography and the Trompe-l’oeil style. Her current work focuses on the mirroring of digital collages and oil on canvas.