/ Sasol New Signatures Art Competition
Andrea du Plessis - Winner 2021
A solo exhibition by Andrea du Plessis
Winner of Sasol New Signatures 2021
Supernature: Simulacra, a solo exhibition by multidisciplinary artist, Andrea du Plessis (Sasol New Signatures Winner 2021) is a deepening of her research into the sublime experience, and our complex relationship with nature in an age marked by technological augmentation and simulation. As an extension of the Supernature series which Du Plessis began in 2020, her work features an exploration of emerging technologies combined with traditional oil painting to create interactive, immersive realms as well as an encyclopaedia of hybrid lifeforms.
Supernature: Simulacra aims to offer the viewer an opportunity to consider our interconnectivity with the natural world, and examines the possibility of reconnecting to nature via technology. By juxtaposing the Romantic tradition of landscape painting with emerging technologies, Supernature: Simulacra aims to create a link between nineteenth century and contemporary representations and experiences of nature, while offering the viewer an opportunity to consider our interconnectivity with the natural world. Through the use of augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence, it examines the contemporary sublime experience - the technological sublime - whilst aiming to create a new, hybrid form of nature - techno-nature.
You can view the Supernature: Simulacra exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum from 25 August until 2 October 2022