Event: 2018 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition
When: 30 August until 7 October 2018
Where: North and South Galleries, Henry Preiss Hall, Pretoria Art Museum
Cnr Francis Baard and Wessels Street, Arcadia Park, Arcadia
Stellenbosch-based artist, Jessica Storm Kapp (22), has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition.
Kapp won the coveted award for her rammed earth columns and embedded object installation piece titled Mapping Time. The artwork investigates whether fine art can evoke multisensory experiences of home through the use of retrieved objects and materials. These objects have value because of the site from which they were taken as well as their intrinsic value as traces of dwelling – reconstructing fragments of retrieved objects and materials in an attempt to illustrate concepts such as loss, trace, place attachment and reflection.
Being a collector of things, the action of retrieval as well as the histories attached to found objects are central themes in Kapp's investigations into home, following the Knysna fires in 2017. Kapp is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Fine Art at Stellenbosch University. Through various printmaking techniques, photography, sculpture and installation, Jessica strives to create immersive moments in which viewers can experience the essence of a place through their multiple senses.
As the winner of Sasol New Signatures, Kapp walks away with a cash prize of R100 000 and the opportunity to have a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum in 2019, which will mark Sasol's 30th year sponsoring South Africa's longest running art competition.
Acclaimed artist, judge and Sasol New Signatures Chairperson, Prof Pieter Binsbergen, said: "Regarding the pressing issues of land, including pre/post, and de-colonial struggles, the work's ability to ambiguously navigate through and around these sensitive issues makes it worthy of being the winning artwork."
Coming in second place was Cape Town artist Peter Mikael Campbell. He wins for his work in pencil titled Kaisen, which means "change for the better" in Japanese. In this work Campbell aims to evoke quiet meditation regarding the balance of opposites – in this case between simplicity and complexity – as well as the value of aesthetic beauty as a meaningful pursuit. For the artist, the ultimate purpose of creating this work is to evoke a buffer against the tragedy woven into life. As runner-up he won R25 000.
The five Merit Award winners are:
Kelly Crouse, Port Elizabeth
Debbie Fann, Port Elizabeth
Cheque or Savings?
Acrylic and digital print on paper
Pierre Henri Le Riche, Cape Town
Ap(peal) I & Ap(peal) II
Porcelain, Egyptian cotton, yellowwood, plywood, glass
Mulatedzi Simon Moshapo, Polokwane (64)
The leader shall govern
Megan Serfontein, University of Stellenbosch
Monitor, webcam, personal computer programme
Each Merit Award winner received a R10 000 cash prize.
For more information on the exhibition and works for sale, visit www.sasolsignatures.co.za.
Nandi Hilliard from the Association of Arts Pretoria on 012 346 3100, 083 288 5117 or email@example.com.
For enquiries about the museum, please contact Hannelie du Plessis at tel 012 358 6748/50 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.