I am an artist, writer, educator and visual historian living in San Diego, USA. I have a PhD in Historical Studies (South African film and the representation of landscape during apartheid – see Research and Publications on this site) and a Master’s degree in Fine Art, both from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Before this, I completed an undergraduate degree in Fine Art (specializing in painting), and a Higher Diploma in Education (specializing in teaching art), both also from UCT.
A significant period in my post-MFA career saw my involvement as principal researcher on the digitization and online publication of the Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd archive of /xam Bushman folklore recorded in later 19th century Cape Town, a globally accessed project headed by Professor Pippa Skotnes at the University of Cape Town. I contributed a chapter on /xam views and experiences of the Bushveld landscape in a well-received, scholarly hardcopy publication on this archive edited by Professor Skotnes. (See Research and Publications on this site).
My recent interests (both research and art-making) include film and landscape with a historical focus. My themes and subjects include international colonial, cinematic and peri-urban spaces and institutions (such as the expedition, the museum and the diorama), the imagining of the ‘frontier’ in the history of visual and written culture, landscape and history – specifically historicized landscapes using archival imagery as a source, and animals (wild and domestic) as avatars for human life and behavior. In past projects I have also made work exploring emblematic portraiture (painting and staged photography), domestic interiors/objects and still life. My preferred media are drawing and painting (oils and acrylics), and staged photography.