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Talita Steyn

Biography

Talita Steyn was born and raised in Durban where she matriculated in 1998. The following year she moved to Pretoria where she studied Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria. She discontinued her studies at the end of her third year however, and took up random jobs from bartending to shop keeping to working in a sewing factory. In 2006 she travelled to the UK where she lived and worked for two and a half years as a live-in carer. During her time there she travelled through Europe as well as India, Nepal and Thailand. A failed attempt at acquiring a student visa, lead to her return to South Africa towards the end of 2008. Determined to return to the UK and the possibilities of further world travel it would offer, and with her experience as a care giver, she enrolled in a nursing degree course at the University of Pretoria in 2009. After graduating in 2012, she worked as a theatre sister at Steve Biko academic Hospital for two years, resigning at the end of 2014. During her time as a student- and later as professional nurse, she started making wedding gowns and finally decided to turn this into a business, which she initiated beginning 2015 under the name of Black Fawn ( https://m.facebook.com/blackfawnbridal/ or www.blackfawn.co). Currently residing in Pretoria, she has been self employed ever since, allowing herself a creative way of earning an income, while at the same time giving herself more time for creating art. Although she misses the first hand experience of witnessing the mysterious inner workings of the human body (and admittedly, the blood and gore), she wouldn’t exchange her self-created routine and night owl tendencies of her current life for anything.

Inspiration

I make art as a way to express things that are hard to put into words and that I often feel shouldn’t be put into words. My inspiration usually comes from moments or thoughts that fill me with an immediate sense of beauty and nostalgia, and the need to try and capture something of that experience in a visual form, the same way we try to hold onto a dream to tell someone as quickly as possible, while we feel it evaporating into a lost memory. This often leads to a serious case of being lost in translation, but the need to try is ever present when inspiration strikes. My art has never dealt with big issues like politics or human rights, but rather comes from a place I still struggle to understand myself, dealing more with what it’s like to have a human experience of life and the things in it that puzzles, mystifies and awes me. My art usually takes a figurative form and up until recently my medium of choice has been oil painting. Sculpture is a new medium to me and one I would like to explore further into the future.

Talita Steyn

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Arbour Oneirica

Arbour Oneirica

Talita Steyn, David Griessel
Articles, Press, News, About Artist, Blog
27 Aug 2019

Arbor Oneirica is a joint solo exhibition with David Griessel and Talita Steyn at Art@Africa on the 3rd of October. Written by Nadine Froneman MFA

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Weapons of Mass Seduction

Weapons of Mass Seduction

Talita Steyn, Kara Schoeman, Jenny Nijenhuis, Juanita Oosthuizen, Ronit Judelman, Bev Butkow, Vanessa Berlein, May Wentworth, Leona Sykes, Maureen Quin, SHUI-LYN WHITE, Lauren Redman, Tay Dall, Miné Kleynhans, Louise Kritzinger, Andrea du Plessis, Alexa Pienaar, Zelda Stroud, Judy Woodborne, Trude Gunter, Caelyn Robertson, Mandy Coppes-Martin, Eve De Jong, Sinead Fletcher, Elizaveta Rukavishnikova, Suzaan Heyns
Articles, News, About Artist, Blog
28 Jul 2019

Written by Nadine Froneman (MFA)

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Exhibitions

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Arbor Oneirica

Arbor Oneirica

Talita Steyn, David Griessel
Art@ClockTower
03 Oct 2019 - 07 Nov 2019

The solo exhibition of David Griessel and Talita Steyn will open on the 3rd October at Art@Clocktower gallery to celebrate these young ...

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Turbine Art Fair

Turbine Art Fair

Talita Steyn, Kara Schoeman, Kobus Walker, Ndabuko , Gregg Price, Eben , Lauren Redman, David Griessel
Turbine Art Fair
11 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019

Art@Africa will be exhibiting a collection of their represented artists in the Turbine Art Fair on the 11th - 14th of July in ...

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