Becoming a braid
(All she ever wanted to be) (2013)
Fired earthenware clay painted with oil, acrylic and enamel
31 x 14 x 6cm
Cuticles’ Revenge (2019)
33.5 x 28 x 5.5cm
Your face is my zen garden (2016)
Oil on ceramic and wood, tapioca and succulent
61.5 x 33 x 44cm
Marlene Steyn (b. 1989, South Africa) currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Steyn obtained her Master of Fine Art degree in 2014 from the Royal College of Art in London, UK. Steyn’s work has been described as ‘fantastic’ as she experiments with bright colours whilst combining both beautiful and eerie imagery in dream-like landscapes.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Unbuttoning my belly, at Lychee One in London in
2019; How Cannibals Cuddle at Cabin Gallery in London, in 2014; Mad Love at Lychee One in London and The End is Located Underneath Her Third Armpit (if the muscle is flexed) in Cape Town, both in 2015; as well as Your Skin Is Not The Best Hiding Place at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town; and You Can’t Cry When Your Head is Underwater at Lychee One, London, both in 2016; Knot I : I Knot at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2017, Shouty Insides at Galerie DYS in Brussels, Belgium in 2018. In the same year, she exhibited her works as part of SMAC Gallery’s presentation at Miart in Fiera Milano City and presented a two-person exhibition titled Garden Smoothie with Gabrielle Kruger at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Marlene Steyn’s work features in numerous public and private collections including the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa.
46 x 26 x 7.5 cm
50 x 40 x 6.5 cm