• Minien Hattingh

    South Africa

    Minien Hattingh
    • Artist Statement
      • The work I produce consists of themes ranging from spirituality to social consciousness, entwined with humour. I like working with death and the unknown. This and the macabre has been somewhat of an innate interest, since both seem to be misunderstood and feared. Near death experiences also interest me having gone through one myself. Victorian and gothic art also plays a role in what inspires me. Somehow contradictory, there exists a child-like quality in my work maybe because I'm drawn to the innocence, directness and sincerity of children (a child should not be feign). Therefore I oppose abuse of children in any way that bereft them from this realness.

        Materials that I employ comprise wax, human hair, ink on material and mixed media. Wax is a malleable material that can achieve varying qualities ranging from polished to rough textures. Ink and pencil is a very bourgeois medium which is much more of self explanatory instrument.

        The working process I follow is mainly based on intuition and finding inspiration in the mundane, it's the first place to look. I usually don't follow a structured process, but when this does happen I usually mind map ideas or constantly argue with myself. The following notion, in my opinion, expresses the essence of being an artist as “the most inspiring thing about an artist, no matter when in history they worked, is just to see their singular pursuit of their own vision”(Musgrove).
    • Biography
      • Awards & Residencies

        Merit bursary
        Visual art Highest achievement
        Trophy for exceptional achievement in drawing

        Group Exhibitions

        Arts Fusion Arts Exhibition, Little Unisa Theatre
        Art Autumn Exhibition, Brooklyn Mall
        Tswane Youth Art Festival Exhibition, State Theatre
        Winter Art Exhibiton,Brooklyn Mall
        Amalgamation (First year group exhibition), Van Wou House
        Art Space (Telkom painting: Group exhibition), Telkom Towers
        Concentre CuZn, The Room
        Fried Autumn Art Fair, Fried Contemporary Art Gallery
        Hidden Urban Histories,Rautenbach Hall, University of Pretoria
        Prompt Showcase, The Story Space
        Redefining Erotica,Longstreet Art Lovers Art Gallery
        Alice in Wonderland Exhibition,Longstreet Art Lovers Gallery
        Death is where it stars, Trent Gallery
        Wish you were here, Art Lovers Gallery
        The truth of Valentine, Art Lovers Gallery
        Annual miniature exhibition, Art Lovers Gallery
        The last meal, Trent Gallery
        Turbine Art Fair
        Sasol New Signatures, Top 100
        Erotica: a different view, Art Lovers Gallery
        Music & lyrics, Rust en Vrede Gallery
        Roald Dahl, Art Lovers Gallery
        The Space In Between: Final year exhibition, University of Pretoria  

    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        In terms of trends, my current interest resides in the Japanese pop culture "kawaii"(cute), which encapsulates a type of performance. On a personal level I find Diane Victor's work ethic  extremely inspiring.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?

        Not specifically South African, but Louise Bourgeois has to be at the top of my list. The subject matter she deals with includes her own psyche, mythological and archetypal imagery in terms of objects such as spirals, spiders, cages, medical tools and so forth. What I like about her themes are that they deal with the unconscious, anger fear and betrayal and offer highly personal subjects of the body, love traumas, sexual fetish. She created art up until her death, the markings of a true, dedicated artisan.
        "Time-time lived, time forgotten, time shared. What does time inflict-dust and disintegration? My reminiscences help me live in the present and I want them to survive. I am a prisoner of my emotions .You have to tell your story, and you have to forget your story. You forget and forgive. It liberates you" - Louise Bourgeois
        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        Unfortunately I cannot succumb to one exhibition. There are many I have experienced that made an impact on me for different reasons. Also I think it is an endless cycle of discovering new artists/artworks which then inevitably become part of one's inspiration and influence.   

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        I find inspiration in almost anything. I guess that is a little vague but its the truth. From faded wooden pianos to a simple tune on the radio. I also have a large fascination with the paranormal, death and the esoteric. Gallivanting back to my childhood (nostalgia), fairy tales, cartoons and especially Disney films have definitely been imprinted on me. 

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art making that you can tell us about?
        Silly as it may be, I usually wear my great-grandmother's pendant to ensure good luck and overall good -vibes, it also acts as a source of protection. When I make art the first thing I trust is my gut, it's not as pragmatic as the brain and not as romanticized as the heart. Lastly I have a strong tendency to work at night, as everything is still and calm and you become friends with your shadow.      

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        I think it has to be constantly being in contact with materials that will eventually become something you invested yourself into, a part of your personality. Creating is an addiction, an obsession, something that is innately found in artists. Being creative is rewarding. Art becomes an extension of oneself. 

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        Usually I flounder around a little bit (artist block is somewhat of a sick premeditated curse), but I tend to take my frustration out on the piano or do something that takes my mind off of the incessant gnawing that takes place at the back of my mind.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        I'm not certain that I will ever feel that I have achieved enough. There are always challenges overshadowing the previous ones.  

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        I do, I believe there are two types of artists-the conformists and the non-conformist. I believe to be a non-conformist artist, an innovator that is misunderstood. I would like, through my art to motivate others with the same type of outlook to keep creating and understanding that your type of art will find an appreciation with like-minded people, however small or large.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        I will be finishing my final year of studies in BA Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria. Further I would like to explore the possibilities of art in terms of Art Therapy for children as well as art in a closer relationship with music.
  • nixie ink drawing minien hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Ink Drawing / 40 x 44 cm
  • coy koi ink drawing minien hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Coy Koi
    Ink Drawing / 39 x 45 cm
  • oceanid: child of the sea ink drawing minien hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Oceanid: Child Of The Sea
    Ink Drawing / 37 x 44 cm
  • amphitrite: queen of the sea ink drawing minien hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Amphitrite: Queen Of The Sea
    Ink Drawing / 39 x 45 cm
  • naiad: maiden of the sea ink drawing minien hattingh MINIEN HATTINGH
    Naiad: Maiden Of The Sea
    Ink Drawing / 39 x 43 cm
  • traveling endlessly iii drawing minien hattingh
    Traveling Endlessly III
    Drawing / 45 x 72 cm
  • traveling endlessly ii drawing minien hattingh
    Traveling Endlessly II
    Drawing / 45 x 72 cm
  • traveling endlessly i drawing minien hattingh
    Traveling Endlessly I
    Drawing / 45 x 72 cm