Sylvia Rossouw
Artist/
Painter

Sylvia Rossouw

Painter

Bio

South African born artist, Sylvia Rossouw, is a multi-disciplinary professional, with a B.A. Fine Arts degree from Michalis School of Fine Art (University of Cape Town, South Africa), where she majored in painting. Her passion and inspirations extends beyond the contemporary world. The ancient world, with its structure, ritual, sanctuary and wisdom informs her artistic processes. She is emotionally drawn to the ruin, the relic, the abandoned and the sacred, as a means to connect with herself, which informs the visual language. Her work often refers to the discourse of longing and belonging. Sylvia's work includes a wide variety of medium, which often incorporates found materials, found objects, oil paint and spray paint. The bodies of work are referred to as "pain-tings", as they are constructed from a two dimensional, painterly view point, even if it includes three dimensional elements. Her creative practices as Principle Architect and Artist tends to feed each other. The composition of the paintings are often reminiscent of the built environment in its use of architectural proportions and layering. "Free play" provides a realm beyond the physical experience, which creates an imaginary space to shift the narrative. "Slow" processes such as oil painting and hand stitching is counteracted with "fast' processes, such as assemblage and spray paint. The juxtaposition of these two processes create a visual tension, which shifts time and place into a space of uncertainty. Her work are included in private collections, both locally and abroad and currently included in the Limited Edition of the Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Etruria at Villa Rinchiostra in MASSA, Italy.

Artworks