One to Watch

Since graduating at the end of 2015, Gitte Moller has taken part in several group shows as well as showcased at this year’s Turbine Art Fair courtesy of Barnard Gallery. Her graduate show at Michaelis sold out and was a fantastical display of medieval scenarios juxtaposed against the contemporary South African landscape. Painted in a playful manner with a brightly coloured palette, we wanted to find out a little bit about the artist on this bold visual path.

Every one of your works sold at your Michaelis graduate show in 2015. How did that make you feel and were you at all surprised? It was definitely a positive surprise, but I certainly think it was due to the fact that I kept my prices quite low. This also meant that my friends and fellow students were able to buy some work. To me, that was the biggest compliment.

What was the last show that you saw? Alexandra Karakashian and Marlene Steyn at Smac Gallery. Both shows were great. I was also excited to finally see Marlene’s work, since a few people have told me that they see similarities between her work and my own.

Do you collect anything? Yes, all kinds of things, physical and immaterial. I collect a lot of images and quotes, as well as things on the street or in nature that catch my eye. I try to find things that may contain a resonant feeling, or several.

Who is your favourite living artist, local and international?  This is a difficult question. Perhaps my interests (and particularly what I find interesting in art) are too widely scattered for me to have a favourite artist.

What’s the most indispensable item in your studio? Constructive criticism.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? All things are difficult before they are easy.

Will you be participating in any more shows this year? Right now, I don’t have anything specific lined up, but I will definitely make something happen before the end of the year. I was recently part of a site-specific group show at the Central Methodist Mission church in Greenmarket Square, presented by an artist-run project space called Alma Martha. This has definitely inspired me to pursue different projects in diverse spaces, over and above working in the gallery context, which is of course also important.

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‘Something you lost will soon turn up’

‘Prawn delight’
‘Tell the truth, even tempted to lie’
’24 Years’
Arm and arm went black and white, and some saw red
‘A smile is the shortest distance between two people’
‘Hokusai as a girl’
‘It is a good time to start something new’
‘Melodramatic animals migrating’