Original ideas, questioning mind, touch of mystical atmosphere and collaboration between materials and means of expression are qualities that made me interested in this artist.
Ashley Nieuwenhuizen was born in South Africa, but moved to Scotland in 1988, and is now working in Dundee. She combines experiences of different cultures and environments in provoking and psychological art works. Investigating the merge between human made urban surroundings and mysterious animal environment, she makes a statement on connections between animal and human worlds. Her work is an amalgamation of natural and synthetic, beautiful and grotesque, animal and man.
She graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone with a Master in Fine Art in 2010 and has participated in several group exhibitions internationally and in the United Kingdom. She was awarded the William Sangster Phillips Fund, Dundee Visual Artists Award and the Sir William Gillies Bequest Award.
Ashley Nieuwenhuizen uses video, sculpture, printmaking and performance to explore the similarities between man and animal, then transform them into fantastical creatures. This is a wondrous metamorphosis that addresses the viewer’s psychological experiences and affinity between a man and a beast.
In her works nature is almost adapted to human environment, animals are altered and transformed to such an extent that they become unnatural. This atmosphere of abnormality and unreality questions today’s environment and is a reflection on our culture and mankind.
To view more of her works, visit this website http://morphbody.weebly.com/