Claudette Schreuders


Author: Artwork by Claudette Schreuders. Text by: Rory Bester, Faye Hirsch and Antjie Krog

Published: 2011

ISBN:  9781431401031

Format: Portrait; 290mm x 250mm; Hardcover

Pages: 240 with full colour images

Category: Biography/Art


Claudette Schreuders, who lives and works in South Africa, is known for her distinctive carved and painted wooden sculptures which, as Okwui Enwezor has observed, ‘propose a new language resulting from a synthesis of African and European figural forms’.


This major monograph brings together Schreuders’ works of the last 17 years, tracing her investigations into self-identity, isolation and belonging through the rich narratives of her various groups of figures.


The title includes beautiful reproductions of more than 70 sculptures alongside prints, drawings and pages from the artist’s sketchbooks that provide insight into her references and working process.


In accompanying essays, Rory Bester examines the interplay of autobiography and fiction in Schreuders’ oeuvre, Faye Hirsch finds the presence of the sacred amidst the domesticity of her sculptures and prints, and Antjie Krog addresses the powerful emotions that resonate beneath the still surface of Schreuders’ latest series of works.