Land Art with Strijdom van der Merwe

As a land artist, Strijdom van der Merwe generally uses the materials as found on a chosen site. These sculptural forms take shape in relation to the landscape. It is a process of working with the natural environment/the world by using what is found on-site and then shaping these elements into geometrical forms until it gradually integrates with the natural environment again.

Depending on the purpose of the exhibition or the commission the artist will also use materials that are brought in to the landscape in order the make a statement about our relationship with the land, in many of these works the installation is not permanent but only functional for the duration of a certain event.

Come listen to the humble Strijdom van der Merwe as he tells us about the amazing and unique Land Art he creates.



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12 September 13:00 – 14:00



Strijdom van der Merwe (b. 1961) is a full-time artist who lives in Stellenbosch. He studied art at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), Hooge School voor de Kunste (Utrecht, the Netherlands), the Academy of Art and Architecture (Prague, the Czech Republic) and the Kent Institute of Art and Design (Canterbury, England).

Among the many decorations he received are the Jackson Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, a medal of honour from the South African Academy of Arts and Science, the Prince Claus grant in Amsterdam and the Kanna award at the Oudtshoorn Arts Festival for best visual art projection in a musical collaboration.

He was nominated for the Daimler Chrysler Award for sculpture in public spaces, was a finalist for the International Award for Public Art, established to increase visibility for public art internationally, and won the It’s LIQUID International Contest, First Edition 2012, in Italy for sculpture and installation. In 2015 he collaborated to win the ATKV Aartvark award for most innovative work at the Aardklop Arts Festival in Potchefstroom.

He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions over the past years and his work has been bought by private and public collectors locally and abroad. In 2013 he was asked to be the festival artist at both the Aardklop Arts Festival and the Fjellfestival in Andelsnes, Norway. Van der Merwe was a member of the curatorial panel for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 and is a founding member of Site Specific South Africa. He was co-curator of the Exhibition of 30 Nature Artists in the World (2015) and the Global Nomadic Art Project