Claudette Schreuders, who lives and works in South Africa, is known for her distinctive carved and painted wooden sculptures which, as Okwui Enwezor has observed, 'propose a new language resulting from a synthesis of African and European figural forms'. This major monograph brings together Schreuders' works of the last 17 years, tracing her investigations into self-identity, isolation and belonging through the rich narratives of her various groups of figures.
The book includes beautiful reproductions of more than 70 sculptures alongside prints, drawings and pages from the artist's sketchbooks that provide insight into her references and working process. In accompanying essays, Rory Bester examines the interplay of autobiography and fiction in Schreuders' oeuvre, Faye Hirsch finds the presence of the sacred amidst the domesticity of her sculptures and prints, and Antjie Krog addresses the powerful emotions that resonate beneath the still surface of Schreuders' latest series of works.
About the author
Claudette Schreuderswas born in 1973 in Pretoria, South Africa, and lives and works in Cape Town. She has held solo exhibitions in South Africa and the United States, and has taken part in important group shows including Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and its Diasporas at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles and other venues; All the More Real: Portrayals of Intimacy and Empathy at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York; Since 2000: Printmaking Now at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art at the Museum for African Art and Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York.
Author Claudette Schreuders