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Fynbos in the Garden: a contemporary art exhibition
Start: 07/10/2023, 09:00
End: 15/10/2023, 17:00
Contact:Petro Mostert - 0823346193
Location: Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

​​​​​Join us for a unique exhibition in the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden entitled Fynbos in the Garden.

Exhibiting their work during the week of the Stellenbosch Flora Festival as part of Woordfees 2023 from 7-15 October 2023 are:

Hermien van der Merwe, Joshua Miles, Annelie Janse van Rensburg and Shaen Adey.

The Exhibition opens on 7 October and will be available to view daily from 09h00 to 17h00 in the main hall of the Old Conservatory next door to the Katjiepiering Restaurant in the SU Botanical Garden (access through the garden). 

Learn more about the artists here:

Artist Hermien van der Merwe is fascinated by Cape fynbos plants.

Living at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, Hermien is embraced by inspiration for her work. She regularly walks along the nearby mountain paths in the Table Mountain Nature Reserve, absorbing her surroundings with all her senses.

“I see buds appear, flowers open and seeds form as the seasons change. I smell the foliage and feel the mountain air against my skin. I pause at interesting leaves and cones – feeling their textures," says Hermien.

It's in this walking, seeing, touching, breathing in… that Hermien observes the interaction between fire, drought, and rain on Cape Fynbos. And it's through her brush strokes, paint drips, and colourful markings that she narrates this story. Working predominantly with oil paint, Hermien hopes to raise awareness for fynbos and preserve it for future generations – preferably as a living, adaptable biome but also immortalized in art.​

Joshua Miles is one of those rare artists who has managed to make a living solely from his art. He spent many years painting with oils on canvas, but his passion has always been with reduction block printmaking. His influences in printmaking started at a young age watching his aunt Elsa Miles, artist and art historian, doing woodcuts and then later studying under Cecil Scotness at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Joshua is a landscape artist and is inspired by the play of light on the landscape which leads him to explore his local areas. He is always hunting for qualities flight that evoke emotion, this is often the softer light that brings out the in-between tones and greys most would miss. He is also inspired by the impressionist's style of loose mark making and by the Japanese tradition of printmaking both of which are evident in his work.   

Annelie Janse van Rensburg's work draws inspiration from nature, which is evident in the delicate floral designs of her ceramic pieces.

She uses different hand-building techniques to showcase the malleable quality of clay as well as the marks she leaves.

Her vessels, plates and platters are never completely covered in white slip as she prefers to celebrate clay as a canvas.

More about her:

Annelie Janse van Rensburg (@annelie_ceramics)

Instagram › annelie_ceramics

Shaen Adey is a photographer by trade but a few years ago she followed her love of wood. After just one meeting at the Cape Town Woodturner's association she bought her first Lathe, a mini Jet. Within another week she'd outgrown it and bought a much larger machine. And so it goes on, she now has a fabulous small studio tucked away on the water's edge in the Zandvlei nature reserve. It's her happy space, where she's surrounded by a trove of gorgeous woods, mostly salvaged from tree-fellas. If you ask her what her favourite wood is, hands down "wild olive", its indigenous and full of character. After that any burl, the more gnarled the wood the better. And she loves natural edge pieces, the bigger the log the bigger her smile.

More about her:

Shaen Adey (@touchwoodshaen)

Instagram › touchwoodshaen