This place is part of myself...
My relation to this place is part of myself...
If this place is destroyed, something in me is destroyed...
My relation to this place is such that if this place is changed, I am changed...

Arne Naess

Informed by radical ecological theory, Hanien Conradie explores a sense of place and belonging by spending time in indigenous environments she has particular connections to. Her work is concerned with loss of natural environments, cultural diversity and individual subjectivity and examines the complex interdependent relationships between these 'ecologies'. Her practice includes spending time with scientists in the veld, speaking to local communities, delivering lectures to bring awareness and making work in her studio. The relational nature of her process is expressed in the conversations around extinction set up between various works. Conradie's paintings include installations with organic matter, reflected light effects, artist's books, paintings and pieces drawing on conventions of illustration and preservation.

Hidden Flowers III Ntlhantle IX Flowers & Hope III Liefdes Viering (Love Celebration)

Work currently on display:
  • Bennett Contemporary (online show) at
  • Selected work can be viewed at the studio, please contact Hanien
  • Modern Miniature GFI Gallery, Port Elizabeth
  • Klooftique Melk/Saad is on special loan at this exclusive design shop in Kloof Street,Cape Town
  • Droogte, Group show at ArtVark Gallery, Kalk Bay
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