We caught up with art creator Sylvia Rossouw, to get the scoop on her latest project and success in the art industry
- First and foremost, I’m glad to have you here with us today. Could you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got started?
Sylvia: I fell in love with painting at the age of five and art making literally became my life from then on. I ended up studying Architecture after school, but my canvas always remained next to my drawing board, as an integral part of my life. I sold my first painting during my early university years. I went to study at art school many moons later and majored in painting. The need to take the work to the next level has always been the dream.
- Who were your initial influences? Who had the greatest overall influence on you as an artist/painter?
Sylvia: Ithink the time spent with my Grandmother on the farm, was my biggest initial influence. Days spent building tree houses and exploring the forgotten attics.I have always been drawn to the derelict, the abandoned, and the vast open landscape. Experiences like this still inspires me today. There is a connection to something greater than yourself, which feeds the work in a very powerful way.
- What do you believe are the essential stylistic qualities that help your artwork resonate with fans of your work?
Sylvia: I think people connect to the materiality of the work. I often use found and discarded materials, which starts the conversation. The way in which I use slow processes such as oil paint and stitching and fast processes such as spray paint creates a visual tension, where you feel something is about to happen. The way in which I use found imagery, universal symbols and object is yet another entry point for the viewer to become part of a collective narrative.
- What has been the most difficult event in your profession or life thus far, and how have you overcome it?
Sylvia: I think having a child at a rather late stage in my life, is one of the most difficult events that I have experienced. I had to re-invent myself in relation to the world. Five years down the line, I am very happy to say that we have synergy as a family. We live and work in the studio space, which provides a seamless process. There is no rushing around, or compromise required, everything is at hand.
- On the other hand, what would you consider a high point in your career thus far?
Sylvia: I think being part of the 2010 World Cup Legacy Projects, will always be a high point my career. The opportunity to work with such a large team of exceptionally skilled people was phenomenal.
- What can art lovers expect from Sylvia Rossouw in the last 2 months of 2021?
Sylvia:It has been a long year, but it feels like only the start. I have an exhibition opening, “Hysterica” at M.A.D.S. Gallery, Milan and Fuerteventura on 19 November 2021 and another one, called “Sacrifice” at M.A.D.S. Gallery Milan 16 December 2021. I have been working in collaboration with drum and base artist, Counterstrike the last few months, to create video work, specifically for the “Sacrifice” exhibition. We will drop it across platforms. I am super excited to experience the response.
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