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 ﷯ MARIETTE BERGH
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Born in 1982 Mariёtte Bergh lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. She specialized in painting and sculpture at the National School of Arts, and thereafter studied at Vega, the Brand Communication School. After six years as a graphic designer and art director in magazines she decided to pursue art full-time. What inspires her work is the her fascination of people’s behavior, human emotions, the interdependence of opposites and the mundanity of existence. Mariëtte is known for her use of fictitious characters, birds and animals to illustrate humanity and the satire of urban existence. “ Animals beautifully reflect the mundane routines that we are so caught up in. Seeing the same robin every morning in the same place, exactly the same time, or a group of pigeons that go about their business in the same city square day by day is alarmingly similar to our own daily patterns. (Birds seem to crop up most of the time at this stage) Some of the other bird types have different connotations – some lean toward being mythical or mysterious, whereas others are downright mischievous just to get their way, which is hardly a foreign concept to humans.” In this new body of work Mariëtte takes on a more intimate look at existential subject matters that concern her yet this time reflecting on them through a semi autobiographical approach. The transition between youth and responsible adulthood, the melancholy, confusion and optimism associated with the above, mark her use of color line and medium. To date, the artist has had 2 Solo exhibitions, has shown her work in among other places the Hout Bay Gallery and with the Creative Block Project in Cape Town and Johannesburg. She is also featured on the art blog handsomethings.com.

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