• Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht

    South Africa

    Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht
    • Artist Statement
      • I am intrigued by the link between external physical landscape elements (sand, water, plants, clouds, mists, water) and the mind and emotions. Creature (man and animal) presence is sometimes suggested in rock textures, or formations, in water-ripples, or cloud formations. Or human emotions linger in the way light hits a certain shape.
        This human presence in Nature, I find expressed as a paradoxical relationship – simultaneously benevolent and malignant. Like destructive weathering/erosion processes at once also create (sculpt) ‘artworks’ - figures and faces. My camera has a way of selecting these details in rocks and sand, water and ice.
        Along with ‘describing’ a landscape in a conventional (Post Renaissance) three dimensional space, with foreground, middle and background, I also, and more and more reduce this 3D space to a flat, two-dimensional pattern. In so doing I try to emphasize the abstract and more symbolic, metaphoric quality of the image. Hopefully it then becomes less of a representation of a scene from nature, and more an evocation of a sensation, feeling or idea.
    • Biography

      • Biography
        Photography became a late interest (8 years ago) after much earlier completing a B.A degree in languages/literature (University of Pretoria), an Honours and Masters in Art History (University of Johannesburg), as well as an unfinished Ph.D on Picasso’s combination of the Bullfight and Crucifixion. Also obtaining diplomas in teaching and personnel management. More recently, a certificate in photography from the New York Institute of Photography.
        Journalism is an ongoing occupation, which, over the years has been alternated by a post as professional assistant at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, lecturer in Art History at the Rand Afrikaans University (currently known as University of Johannesburg), and language teacher at various high schools. In journalism, my focus is on cultural writing and art critique for local media.
        I’ve used my photographs as illustration to my articles in local publications like, Earthyear, De Kat, Rapport, Beeld, Die Burger, Conde Nast House and Garden, South African Country Life, The Property Magazine and Flamingo, former Namibian Airline in-flight magazine. A turning point occurred in 2009, when three different editors/curators invited me to show my photographs as fine art - something I have never entertained as an option. My photo’s of a journey through the deserts of the USA were featured in the April 2009 edition of the online magazine, ‘Camera Obscura’, and I participated in a group show with the Camera Club of South Africa in ‘Reality and Beyond’ at the Bensusan Gallery of the Museum Africa in Johannesburg.
        A solo exhibition, ‘The Flow of Stone’, followed at the Waterkant Gallery in Cape Town in March 2010. Some works from this exhibition went to the New York Affordable Art Fair.


        Self-published, designed and did the layout of my photographic exploration in using Photography as Therapy in the book:

        TO LIFE: DANCE-IT: A Story in Words Images Movement, in collaboration with Dawn Garisch. Published by the author, printed by Orms, March 2013. 


        Blog: bettiecoetzeelambrecht.wordpress.com/

        Selected Exhibitions:
        2010
        Solo Exhibition 'A Flow Of Stone' at the Waterkant Gallery, Cape Town
        2009
        Group Exhibition 'Reality and Beyond' at the Bensusan Gallery of the Museum of Africa in Johannesburg


        Corporate & Private Collections:
        Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Cape Town


        Equipment and Printing
        My equipment range from Canon 5D MKII, Canon EOS 3 analogue (film), Canon 20D, Canon 40 D, Canon Powershot G9. With lenses: Canon 24-101 f4;
        Canon 17-40 f4, Canon 85 f1.8; Canon 70-200 f.2.8; Sigma macro 101 f2.8; Sigma 10-20 f4.

    • Interview
      • What is your favourite film of all time?
        “Unbearable Lightness Of Being”,based on the book by Milan Kundera.

        What music are you currently listening to and why?
        Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites, at once tearing at my heart and uplifting my spirit.

        Which living artists do you most admire and why?
        Roger Ballen, for his unbelievable insight in human nature and the raw, magical quality of his surreal, staged world.

        Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Picasso, for his constant experimentation with new ideas and forms of expression and his marvellous fusion of the spiritual with the erotic as major creative forces.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        Da Vinci's unfinished painting, “Adoration Of The MagiI”, in Uffizi Gallery, Florence, for the multi-layered, elusive qualities.

        What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
        ‘Where did you do this or what is it?'I tell them.

        What/ who inspired you to be an artist?
        Two invitations from strangers who wanted to show my pictures that they happened to see on the online gallery where I posted my pictures to learn about photography.This lead to me to think differently about my "holiday snaps".

        Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any, the significance of this location is.
        First in situ, outdoors in a landscape, or in the streets. Then working the mages on my computer, playing with the varying tones, changing colour to black and white and 'painting' back some muted tones. This is when and where what was merely a potentiality when I clicked the shutter, becomes magic for me. Not by introducing new objects or new colours, but by enhancing and emphasizing what has been captured on the sensor by the camera.

        What do you like most about being an artist?
        Expressing what cannot be said in words. Looking through a lens, turns what seemed interesting into something that suggests intrigue. Refining the ability to ssee potential in objects and scenes, before I look through the lens. the extra thrill when the final image on screen or in print resonates with somebody else. The feeling of sharing an experience is great.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        Being featured in an online magazine, "camera Obscura" in April 2009, being invited for a solo exhibition May to June 2010, and selling my work to enthusiatic collectors at this local exhibition in Cape Town as well as at a group exhibition at the 'Affordable Art Fair' in New York May 2010.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        Continue marketing my work at local and online galleries; travelling with my camera, writing an article about the experience and making pictures of that cannot be said in any other way.

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