Juanita Oosthuizen


“To be creative – not only in artistic expression, but also in daily life – this has always been my passion” – Juanita Oosthuizen

A chance encounter many years ago in the Tote Modero in London triggered my current choice of artistic medium. That day, I came across a tiny artwork in a vast, empty hall with a tiny figure as subject. It immediately appealed to my love of delicate minimalism.

 Juanita Oosthuizen
Paper-cut hand woven ink-jet print
62 x 62cm framed
R13 500

Today, I am inspired to come up with creative ways to incorporate miniature figurines into works of art – placing them in a carefully planned scenario fashioned from board and paper. This is mounted in a box frame to create a 3D environment. I work mostly in black, white and grey, sometimes introducing a smattering of colour to create an element of surprise. When compose a piece, l find myself instinctively drawn to
depict something surreal, wistful, pensive and sometimes playful. At times, I use old photographs as a backdrop to the figurines, to create an element of nostalgia and tender memory. Clients have also on occasion, asked me to create a piece that depicts a fond memory from their own past.
My work varies from playful to serious and emotional, with the subject matter telling a story through the body language or interaction of the figurines. I create a space for the spectator to make his or her own interpretation.

l find inspiration everywhere – in nature, in daily life, in the city, in books on illustration, photography and design.

I am blessed with an abundance of energy and an overactive imagination. Images constantly tumble into consciousness, and the days, weeks and months often feel simply too short for all I still wish to accomplish.

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