Multidisciplinary artist Andrea du Plessis has been named the winner of the 2021 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition. Her mixed-media work Paloceae Lupantozoa, consists of traditional oil-on-paint and a multisensory animated video, accessed via augmented reality (AR).
The Sasol New Signatures Competition is one of the most prestigious national art competitions in SA and has helped many emerging artists introduce their art to a local and global audience for more than 30 years. The long-running competition is open to artists who have not yet held a solo exhibition, and acts as a stepping stone for artists to reach mainstream audiences. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the 2020 competition was cancelled. The winners receive a cash prize of R100,000 and the opportunity for a solo exhibition at Pretoria Art Museum.
“The oil painting and AR video create a link between past and contemporary representations and experiences of nature. By juxtaposing the 19th century Romantic tradition of painting with emerging technologies, the artwork creates a tension-filled interface, momentarily transporting the viewer into a familiar yet alien world. But most crucially, experienced in its multiple modalities, the artwork offers the viewer an opportunity to reflect on their relationship with nature and our changing landscape,” said Du Plessis in an official press release.
Second place went to Dali Weyers for Forward: A manifesto. Talking about his chosen medium, Weyers said: “Plastic bags, through a process of photo-degradation, disintegrate but don’t break down completely. Instead, they turn into microplastics that remain in the environment for centuries. The use of this medium thus reflects both the detritus and progress made throughout history — both present and unseen — that the manifesto hopes to draw from and address.”
Patrick Rulore, 2019’s winner, will host his solo exhibition alongside the work of the 2021 winners and finalists at the Pretoria Art Museum. Previous notable winners and finalists include, Luyanda Zindela, Lebohang Kganye and Sthenjwa Hopewell Luthuli.
The exhibition will run from November 11 2021 to the first week of January 2022.
For more information: www.sasolsignatures.co.za