Toni Pretorius' mixed media installation "Clean". Toni Pretorius was born and raised in Kimberley where from a young age she was exposed to the art world and encouraged to develop her creative abilities.
After matriculating in 2002 she enrolled at the University of the Free State where she completed her Diploma in Fine Art in 2006. In 2011 she completed her B-Tech Degree in Fine Art at the Central University of Technology, majoring in sculpture.
Currently, she is employed as a senior artist at the National Museum in Bloemfontein, whilst practicing sculpture, ceramics, drawing and various other creativities in her free time. "Through sculpture, ceramics and drawing I attempt to create contemporary Vanitas works that thematically centre on the transience of earthly life. Hand modelled porcelain still lives and intricate bone and object constructions incorporate models that symbolically refer to the vanities and rituals of secular being, the passage of time, and earthly attainment and conduct.
This has grown from a pre-occupation with, and a longing for, an era that recognized the brevity of life and focused on human achievement through labour-intensiveness, technical skill and meticulous artistry. My current works show the initial steps in working towards such richness, excess and exquisite craftsmanship.
The choice of materials and techniques are meant to instil a feeling of precious materiality, physical fragility and artistic rapport and accomplishment that can be linked to the human body and its earthly endeavours.
Whilst my works, when presently viewed in light of the Vanitas genre or transience theme, accentuate a seemingly morbid connection to the discountenanced theme of death and dying, they furthermore stand to provoke aesthetic associations with the ephemeral quality of a mortal existence." @tonipretoriusart
It's Monday and we're ready to get cracking. Lots of paintings to finish this week (including this one which I keep moving around the studio. It's so nearly done but am scared to touch it for fear of ruining it when I'm almost happy with it 😂)
Faboulous Open Studios at @august_house76 today. Some of my favourites @bambolwami2 @lindo_zwane_artist @lloyd_maluleke @sizwekhozaarts @s.nhlengethwa.fans @mo.editions #investinart#southafricanart#johannesburg