Monique Prinsloo is a Fine Artist who lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed her Masters Degree in Fine Art (MFA) at Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT), in February 2012. Her MFA thesis titled “Falling into Gentle Ruin” focussed on finding inspiration from a vast collection of found images, objects, and writing. In 2013 Monique received a grant from the National Arts Council of South Africa to attend an artist residency at NES in Iceland, where she produced a body of work titled “Iceland: Reclaim of Form and Void”.
Following her MFA, Monique has pursued a full-time career in the Film Industry as a Storyboard Artist and Creative Researcher. Currently Monique has resumed her Fine Art career full time, and continues to implement a photographic & illustrative based production in her artistic practice. Monique has exhibited her work in numerous group exhibitions in and around Southern Africa, and has recently completed an Artist in Residency program at ROUNDABOUT LX & HANGAR, both in Lisbon, Portugal.
Monique's latest work is part of the art project for the 10th Anniversary of the Expatriate Archive Center in The Hague Netherlands, titled "Saudade" - scheduled to be exhibited April - May, 2018.
"While I have always followed a photographic based production in my artistic practice, I also strive to blur the lines between the areas of film, photography, drawing, and printmaking. My inspiration is drawn from photographic images manipulated in the dark room, the endless gestures in life drawing, the captured moment in a film still, and the surprises or challenges brought forward from found material or anonymous objects, to name but a few. Each moment an image finds its way to my collection is an enchanted discovery. And each one of these anonymous objects in my collection is charged with an ethereal quality - at once delicate and unsettling, a place of stimulation and inspiration that has many parallels with and influence on past, present, and future. It is not my intention to over-interpret. My attempt is to imaginatively manipulate and transform images, allowing them to speak for themselves, rather than divulge the didactic function of photography, drawing, printmaking or montage. In doing this, I hope to arouse the viewer's imagination, to construct imaginative accounts of what has taken place, and to some extent relive a version of my experiences in creating images from live forms; that moment I came across a found image; the dialogue prompted by these shapes and forms; the instance captured on photographic film; that gesture marked with pen on paper or in printed form."
AWARDS, EXHIBITIONS & RESIDENCIES
AUGUST 2017 - ROUNDABOUT LX ARTIST RESIDENCY (LISBON, PORTUGAL)
AUGUST 2017 - HANGAR ARTIST RESIDENCY (LISBON, PORTUGAL)
MAY 2017 - PRINCE CLAUS MOBILITY GRANT
APRIL 2017 - SAUDADE: THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECT FOR THE EXPATRIATE ARCHIVE CENTRE, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS. FINAL EXHIBITION: 10 APRIL 2018, TWELVE TWELVE GALLERY, DEN HAAG.
NOVEMBER 2016 - FOTOSTAATMASJIEN GROUP EXHIBITION (NO END CONTEMPORARY, JOHANNESBURG)
NOVEMBER 2016 - WATERSHED GROUP EXHIBITION (ERDMANN CONTEMPORARY, CAPE TOWN)
AUGUST 2016 - HORIZONS GROUP EXHIBITION (CAPE TOWN)
SEPTEMBER 2014 - PREVIEW TO: ICELAND - RECLAIM OF FORM AND VOID (GREY AREA GALLERY, CAPE TOWN)
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2013 - NES ARTIST RESIDENCY (SKAGASTRöND, ICELAND)
JULY 2013 - NAC VISUAL ARTS GRANT (NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA)
MARCH 2013 - DESIGN INDABA, COMMISSIONED WORK FOR ABSA EXHIBITION (CTICC, CAPE TOWN)
OCTOBER 2012 - THIS IS FILM, GROUP EXHIBITION (62 ROELAND STREET, CAPE TOWN)
SEPTEMBER 2012 - NOSTALGIA NOW, GROUP EXHIBITION (EXPOSURE GALLERY, CAPE TOWN)
JUNE 2012 - MFA GROUP EXHIBITION (MICHAELIS GALLERY, CAPE TOWN)
MAY 2012 - VULEKA COMPETITION FINALIST (GROUP EXHIBITION - ART B, BELLVILLE)
MARCH 2012 - ABSA L'ATELIER COMPETITION FINALIST (TRAVELING GROUP EXHIBITION, SOUTH AFRICA)
NOVEMBER 2011 - ALTERED LANDSCAPES, NARRATIVE PORTRAITS, GROUP EXHIBITION (ERDMANN CONTEMPORARY, CAPE TOWN)
OCTOBER 2011 - GROSS EXAMINATION *PART I, THE PATHOLOGY PROJECT* (ROSEDALE GALLERY, CAPE TOWN)
MARCH & AUGUST 2011 - HEIMLICH MANOEUVRES, MFA GROUP EXHIBITION (MICHAELIS GALLERIES, CPT & THE SUBSTATION GALLERY, JHB)
MARCH 2011 - NRF GRANT LINKED BURSARY (NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF SOUTH AFRICA)
FEBRUARY 2011 - NAC VISUAL ARTS GRANT (NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA)
FEBRUARY 2011 - ERNST & ETHEL ERIKSEN TRUST GRANT FEBRUARY 2011 - McIVER SCHOLARSHIP
OCTOBER 2010 - JULES KRAMER TRAVEL AWARD (SÅO PAULO ART BIENNALE, BRAZIL)
JUNE & JULY 2010 - SMöRGASBORD, GROUP EXHIBITION (WESSEL SNYMAN CREATIVE, CAPE TOWN)
MARCH 2010 - NRF GRANT LINKED BURSARY (NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF SOUTH AFRICA)
FEBRUARY 2011 - McIVER SCHOLARSHIP
JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2010 - GREATEST HITS '09, GROUP EXHIBITION (AVA, CAPE TOWN)
DECEMBER 2009 - TIMO SMUTS AWARD, BEST VISUAL ARTS STUDENT (UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH)
SEPTEMBER 2009 - VULEKA COMPETITION FINALIST (GROUP EXHIBITION - ART B, BELLVILLE)
AUGUST 2008 - PRINT '08, GROUP EXHIBITION (BELL ROBERTS GALLERY, CAPE TOWN)
MASTERS IN FINE ART (MFA) - MICHAELIS SCHOOL OF FINE ART, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN - 2012
BACHELOR IN FINE ARTS (BA VISUAL ARTS) - STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY - 2009
FINE ART EXCHANGE - GERRIT RIETVELD ACADEMIE, THE NETHERLANDS - 2008