Doreen Southwood

(1974 - )

About

Doreen Southwood's art functions as a type of personal diary.

She works in a wide variety of media in her artwork, which she often bases on personal experiences and self exploration.

The attempt to make tangible life experiences, contradictory emotions informs decisions around Southwood's art making.

The content of her work is subject to her choice of materials as well as work process.

  • Chronology

    1974

    Born in Cape Town

    1994 - 1995

    Travelled and worked abroad, UK, USA, Europe and the East

    1999

    Thembilitsha School of Hope for Street Children, Pinelands

    2000

    Assistant, Sculpture Department, University of Stellenbosch

    2001

    Part-time lecturer, Design Techniques, Cape Town Technikon

    2003

    Assistant lecturer, fine art, Stellenbosch University.

    2004

    Open Retail outlet MeMeMe, Long street, Cape Town.

    2005

    Selected with two other artists for a Residency in Tilburg.

    Currently

    Works as an artist and clothing designer in Cape Town

  • Studies

    1998

    Received a B.A. (Fine Arts) from the University of Stellenbosch and was awarded the University Art Prize

  • Exhibitions

    Solo Exhibitions

    2003

    Untitled, Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees, Oudshoorn

    2002

    Nothing Really Matters, Bell Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
    Just Perfect, Spark Gallery, Johannesburg

    2001

    Too Close for Comfort, Bell Roberts Gallery, Cape Town


    Group Exhibitions

    2015

    Princess in the Veld, ABSA KKNK, curated by Adele Adendorf

    2014

    Winter Sculpture Fair, NIROX Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng

    2012

    Havana Beinnale, Cuba – selected to exhibit a public installation

    2010

    TWENTY, South African Sculptures of the last Two Decades, NIROX Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng
    1910 – 2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, South African National Gallery

    2008

    ZA: Giovane Arte dal Sudafrica at Palazzo delle Papessed, Siena, Italy (2 February- 4 May 2008)

    2007

    Spier Contemporary Competition, Spier Estate, Stellenbosch

    2006

    Presented an Alternative Cloths Workshop, Havana Biennale, Cuba
    Photography and New Media: Imaging the Self and Body through Portraiture, Johannesburg Art Gallery

    2005

    In the Making: Materials and Process”, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
    Synergy, Iziko Museum, The Old Town House, Cape Town
    Universe of Me, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town

    2004 – 2006

    Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary Art, Museum of African Art and the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York (2004) and The Cotemporary Museum, Honolulu (2006)

    2004

    Women: A Decade of Democracy, South African Art 1994 – 2004, from the permanent collection, Iziko Museum
    Homeport: Five Port Cities, public installation titled ‘Slipway’, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
    Forty/Veertig, Sasol Museum, Stellenbosch
    Dak’Art 2004, Dakar Biennale, Senegal

  • Collections

    Public Collections - South Africa

    • Sasol Art Collection
    • Old Mutual
    • Spier Art Collection
    • Standard Bank Collection
    • Hollard
    • JCI Johannesburg

    Galleries & Museums - South Africa

    • Iziko South African National Gallery
    • Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG)
    • Ellerman House, Cape Town
  • Commissions

    2005

    Southwood’s residency in Tilburg led to her being wwarded the Vrijplaats Project commission for a public sculpture in Tilburg, the Netherlands for the large-scale sculpture ‘Sindroom’, realised in 2007

  • Awards

    2001 & 2002

    Selected as a top ten finalist in the ABSA Atelier competition.

    2003

    Overall winner of the Inaugural Bret Kebble Art Awards

    Sasol Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudshoorn Art Prize

  • Publications

    2015

    ABSA KKNK, Princess In The Veld, Hannalie Taute 2015

    2012

    Oncena Bienal de la Habana, Practicas Artisticas E Imaginarios Sociales, 2012

    "Doreen Southwood". Book of South African Women. Lisa Steyn. February 2012.

    2009

    South African Art Now, Book by Sue Williamson, Published October 2009

    2008

    za: giovane arte dal Sudafrica, Publication of exhibition curated by Marlene Dumas, Lorenzo Fusi, Kendell Geers, Berni Searle, Minnette Vari and Sue Williamson, 2008

    2007

    Spier Contemporary, Jay Pather, 2007

    2006

    Contemporary magazine, Annual publication on 50 emerging international artists, Sue Williamson, 2006

    2005

    ARTTHROB, The Magnet is Always On, review of ‘In the Making’, Andrew Lambrecht,, September, 2005

    2004

    10 Years 100 Artists, art in a democratic South Africa, Kathryn Smith, 2004.

    Knap, KKNK Visuele Kunste, catalogue, Democracy and Change, Andy Davis, 2004.

    Personal Affects, Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art, 2 catalogues and DVD

    New York Times, For new art just take 7 train, Holland Cotter, 2004

    2003

    Elle decoration no 26, Deco talent, Shaun O’Tool, autumn edition 2003.

    European M-TV interview, April 2003.

    Insig, Die mode pop wat kuns maak, Lucia Burger, Mei 2003.

    Sculpture magazine, Paul Edmunds, May 2003.

    Knap, KKNK Visuele Kunste, catalogue, Doreen Southwood, Alex Dodd, 2003

    Art South Africa, Doing it for themselves, Tracy Murinik 2003.

    2002

    ARTTHROB, Just Perfect, Kathryn Smith, issue 57, May 2002.

    Jalouse, Doreen Southwood décape le comfort sud-africain, Aurelie Lambillon, June 2002.

    Absolute arts.com, Doreen Southwood, Nothing, really matters, September 2002.

    Art South Africa, cover image and exhibition preview, spring edition 2002.

    Broadcast Quality, the art of big brother 11, edited by Kathryn Smith, October 2002

    Contemporary Art Magazine, preview of exhibition and image, Sue Williamson, October 2002.

    Art South Africa, Vol 1, Issue 1, (2002) Front page advertisement and preview of upcoming show ‘Nothing really matters show’

    2001

    Argus, The Sinister and the Suburban, L. Jolly, 26 January 2001.

    Cape Times, Bronzes to jangle delight, L. Pollak, 16 January 2001.

    ARTTHROB, Too close for comfort, S. Williamson, 1 February 2001.

    Die Burger, Agter blink fasade broei siekte, C. Van Bosch, February 2001.

    La Tribuna, MAC21 celebrara su cuarta edicion del 18 al 22 de Julio, LT Marbella, 4 July 2001.

    Kunskafee, KykNet, Doreen Southwood – “ Too Close for Comfort”, 7 minute televisions Documentary, P. Cilliers Production CC, July 2001.

    Mail and Guardian, Front Cover, art news, December 2001.

    2000

    Die Burger, Geheel slaag beter as afsonderlike dele, C. Van Bosch, 29 Junie 2000.

    ARTTHROB, Emergency, P. Edmunds, 6 July 2000.

    1999

    Die Burger, Vroue Kunstenaars kyk na die self en stereotipes, C. Van Bosch, Oct. 1999.

    The Argus, Diverse works by woman artists linked by common themes, B. Munitz Oct.1999.