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Marlene Steyn

MA work


  • Marlene Steyn
  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Painting, 2014

  • S-he bites her lip, trying to figure where s-he begins and the world ends? Maybe her pointy nose pointing towards The End (her Big Toe as The End)? Her outlines have become entangled with her inlines as her kidney stones collide with meteorite rocks.

    S-he has a partial body that is not apart but a part of; interwoven in the interplay of history, mythologies, narratives, invention and psychology. S-he is continuously braided with shadows and doubles of herself; becoming a braid (all she ever wanted to be). Her braids (with snake-skin scrunchies) are antennae and hairy extensions, plugging her into furniture, forests and sometimes even into herself. 

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art: Visual Arts, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2011
  • Experience

  • Workshop leader, ReachOutRCA, London, 2013; Gallery internship, Brundyn + Gonsalves, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012 ; Art cataloguist, The Epstein Art Collection, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012 ; Assistant and workshop facilitator, La Creuzette Guesthouse, Boussac, France, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Artists in Transit, Imibala Art Gallery, Somerset West, South Africa, 2014; Inoperative Mythology, Blyth Gallery, London, 2014; PNTNG NOV, Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2013; Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London & Spike Island, Bristol, 2013; Dreamtime: New Surrealism, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, 2013
  • Publications

  • A Miralda Tena, 'Inoperative Mythology: The Contradiction of the Communal', The Extension of the Self, 2014; New Contemporaries 2013 Exhibition Catalogue, 2013; E Gunter, 'The Mark of a Silent Language: The way the body-mind draws', 2012