Marguerite Roux

In Roux’s artworks. rya knots sit tightly packed in rows, creating a pixelated backside of the artwork, while the combined use of different types of yarn and material makes for a disorganized front. Because of an intuitive process there is no way of her knowing exactly what a new work will look like upon completion.

She is intrigued by the process of making and the act of weaving in itself. The time it takes plays a large role in her practice and she likes to focus on the process rather than the product. The making-process gives her the opportunity to ‘take’ time, for herself; to make it her own, and use it in any way she likes; a privilege in today’s fast-paced environment. The slowness of the traditional hand-craft of weaving also helps her to practice an awareness of herself as a subject in art and of her process. It helps her to be present; to be physically, mentally and emotionally involved with the process of making.

Roux also likes to use the ancient craft of hand weaving alongside modern mechanics and contemporary technologies to create her images. Consequently, the gap between old and new, and the opposition between digital and mechanical is brought into the spotlight. The systematic process of weaving row-by-row reminds of the digital printing process and watching the picture grow from one side to the other. Weaving is historically linked to computer technology through the use of a binary logic; the over-under-over-under pattern in weaving that laid the foundation for the 1-0-1-0 of computer technology.

Education

  • 2018 Master of Arts in Visual Arts (Cum Laude), Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • 2014 Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (Fine Arts), Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Achievements and Awards

  • 2017 Top 100 Finalist in the Sasol New Signatures Award Competition
  • 2015 Top 100 Finalist in the Sasol New Signatures Award Competition
  • 2014 Awarded the Timo Smuts Award for top academic achiever in Fine Arts
  • 2014 Awarded the Keith Dietrich Award for completing Fine Arts IV cum laude
  • 2014 Top 100 Finalist in the Sasol New Signatures Award Competition

Exhibitions

  • 2018 The Return of Persephone Part III, Imibala Gallery, Somerset West
    #paper, Art.b, Bellville
    Between Figuration and Abstraction, Absolut Art Gallery, Stellenbosch
    Google Weaving Stop-Time , Istanbul Design Biennial, SALT Galata, Istanbul, Turkey
    This is not an exhibition, Liebrecht Art Gallery, Somerset West
    Well Worn, Cavalli Gallery, Somerset West
    Affordable Art Fair , February. Brussels, Belgium. Represented by Dyman Gallery (previousl
    Absolut Art)
  • 2017 Droogte , Artvark Gallery, Kalk Bay
    Threshold – MAVA review exhibition, GUS, Stellenbosch
    Array , The Gallery, Taj Cape Town, Cape Town, 2017
    Properties 3.0 , Knext Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2016 A Penny for your thoughts: A Still Life Experience , Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West
  • 2015 Hinterlands – The Keith Dietrich Award Exhibition, GUS, Stellenbosch
    The Domestic Odyssey – Greatest Hits 2014 Exhibition, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2013 Speak Up Speak Out , US Museum, Stellenbosch

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