ANITA DE VILLIERS
Anita de Villiers lives in Mtunzini, a village on South Africa’s Zululand coast. It is an area known for its natural beauty, wildlife and indigenous cultures.
Anita was an academic who changed careers in 2001 when she decided to qualify as a professional photographer. She is a freelance photojournalist and leads photography workshops, safaris and courses. During the past ten years, her focus turned to the genre of Fine Art Photography.
Her work has been exhibited at the Imbizo Gallery in Ballito, Imbizo Gallery in Hoedspruit, artSPACE in Durban, and Branderskloof Annual Pop-up Gallery in the Overberg.
Both her fine art photography and creative writing is presently guiding Anita’s energy into the genre of visual narrative. She aims to tell stories through photography, digital art and mixed media.
Art should present multiple layers of interpretation, heightening awareness and leaving room for the viewer to enter the narrative from a personal perspective, Anita believes.
Shadow Zebra and Water Cheetah are part of a larger collection named Earth Animals.
Ingrained in each image is an element of nature, be it water, sky, clouds, light, dust, storm, rock, earth, shadow and light, the moon or the sun. Both the animals and nature’s elements have emotional as well as symbolic content that add to the meaning and story of the images.
Each work has as a primary layer a photograph taken by the artist in Kenya’s Masai Mara and Amboseli Nature Parks, or South Africa’s various Game Reserves.
Through the process called compositing, layers of paint and images are added and blended into the primary layer to incorporate nature’s textures, colours, shapes and fluidity and movement. In this way the artist hopes to show the viewer something about her own experience and impressions of Africa’s natural beauty and wild animals.