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Alexa Pienaar

Alexa was born in Pretoria, grew up on a small farm in the Western Cape and now finds herself back in the bustling streets of Johannesburg. She has showcased her work at various group exhibitions including the annual group exhibition at the Pretoria Arts Association, the Sasol New Signatures Awards, the Turbine Art Fair, the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards and was announced the Thami Mnyele Sculpture Merit Award winner of 2018.

Alexa is fascinated with the physical land and her relationship to it which forms a large part of her psychological development within the South African landscape. She interrogates her white, Afrikaans-speaking female identity and the psychological development of it in a contemporary South African society. She uses predominantly leather, a medium with which she is familiar, based on an upbringing in which her father is a skilled leather craftsman. She draws on contemporary South African landscape elements as visual metaphors of her lived experiences as they have forged her identity while trying to determine her sense of ‘being’/’belonging’ in it. To read more about Alexa's work, click HERE.

Count Your Words

Leather, wood and barbed wire

45 x 45 x 40 cm (1.5m high including plinths/wooden poles)

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Alexa Pienaar