Anna van der Ploeg

  • Anna van der Ploeg
    Anna van der Ploeg, After Hakusai, 2017, Mokuhanga watercolour woodblock monotypes on Japanese kochi paper
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  • Anna van der Ploeg
    'Becoming all direction I', 2015, 3 colour lithograph on Fabriano Rosaspina, 100 x 71cm
  • Anna van der Ploeg
    'Dependence II', 2015, 3 colour lithograph and oil painting on Fabriano Rosaspina, 100 x 71cm
  • Anna van der Ploeg
    'Standing while others sit II', 2015, 3 colour lithograph on Fabriano Rosaspina, 100 x 71cm
  • Anna van der Ploeg
    'Noise brings the promise of reinforcements II', 2015, 2 colour lithograph on Fabriano Rosaspina, 100 x 71cm
  • Anna van der Ploeg
    'Inward and tranquil packs I', 2015, 3 colour lithograph on Fabriano Rosaspina, 100 x 71cm
  • Anna van der Ploeg
    'Smoke, secrecy II', 2015, 3 colour lithograph on Fabriano Rosaspina, 100 x 71cm
  • Anna van der Ploeg
    the way, 2016, Monotype and oil on Fabriano Rosaspina, 110 x 78cm, Edition of 1
  • Anna van der Ploeg
    in holding, 2016, Monotype and oil on Fabriano Rosaspina, 110 x 78cm, Edition of 1
  • Anna van der Ploeg
    between, 2016, Oil paint on Fabriano Rosaspina, 110 x 78cm
Anna van der Ploeg
Anna van der Ploeg
Anna van der Ploeg
Anna van der Ploeg
Anna van der Ploeg
Anna van der Ploeg
Anna van der Ploeg
Anna van der Ploeg
Anna van der Ploeg
Anna van der Ploeg
Anna van der Ploeg

Anna van der Ploeg is a multi-disciplinary artist and printmaker from Cape Town. She currently shares a studio space in Paarden Eiland with several other artists

and a printmaking press. After the success of her first solo show, Arc and Toll, at SMITH (September 2016) she spent a year travelling and doing Artist-in-Residence Programs in France, India and Japan. These explorations, as well as previous experience at The Artist’s Press in White River, have been formative to her process- based practice and appreciation for different methods of print. In Japan, van der Ploeg received tuition on Mokuhanga, a water-based woodblock print-making.

This ancient technique lends itself to building up many layers of colour, creating depth while maintaining subtlety. The experience as a whole was illuminating and humbling: sowing seeds that will hopefully grow as her practice move forwards.

Similarly informative to her work is her position as a beekeeper. This rich practice, like ritual, allows her to embody and mine the metaphor this figure allows – the veiled keeper can be seen in her images in relation to a swarm, a delicate balance of power.

Van der Ploeg is interested in the sincere, in proximity to discomfort and nature, in the space between the universal and specific. Using diverse materials – paper, wood, ink, metal, rust, wax – she approaches these questions from multiple angles (still no answers though). She is influenced by poetry, podcasts, symbiotic relationships and cycles of all kinds

Education
2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), University of Cape Town
2011 National Senior Certificate, (6 Distinctions), St. Cyprians’ High School

Solo exhibitions
2018 Upcoming solo, SMITH, Cape Town (August 2018) 2016 Arc and Toll, SMITH, Cape Town

Group exhibitions
2018 Close Encounters, SMITH, Cape Town
2017 Salad, SMITH, Cape Town
2017 Out of Nowhere, SMITH, Cape Town
2017 AIR 2017 Exhibition, MI-Lab, Tokyo
2016 From Whence They Came, SMITH, Cape Town
2016 Between Stars and Tracks, The Project Room, Windhoek, Namibia
2016 Best in Store, SMITH, Cape Town
2016 Summer Exhibition, Ebony, Cape Town
2016 SKETCH, SMITH, Cape Town
2015 Cabinets of Curiosity, Untitled
2015 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition Finalists Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria

Art Fairs
2017 Investec Cape Town Art Fair
2016 AKAA (also known as Africa) Art Fair, Paris

Experience | Residencies
2017 Artist in Residence at MI-Lab Mokuhanga Program, Japan
2017 Artist in Residence at the Vice-Versa Foundation, Goa
2016 Printmaker at Atelier le Grand Village, Massignac, France. October – December
2016 Intern at The Artist’s Press, printing for William Kentridge, White River
2016 Assistant to artist Kemany Wa Lehulere
2015 Assistant at Stevenson Gallery, June
2012-15Assistant artist to sculptor Donald Greig

Prizes
2015 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition Finalist 2015 Curating Workshop with Nina Liebenberg
2014 Dean’s Merit List
2010 Silver Award De Beers English Olympiad
2010 Student Head of Art St Cyprians
2006 Arts and Culture Prize
2005 Micklefield School Art Cup