|Biography/ About me
I was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1973. My formal art education began in high school, where I
majored in Graphic Art in 1991. I went on to study B. Comm Communications Management at the
University of Pretoria, receiving my degree in 1995. I completed my Bachelor of Visual Arts
at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in 2014 and is currently enrolled in my MVA.
My travels started with a student exchange program to the USA, where I worked on a ski-resort in
Vermont for 6 months. After the USA, I went to the UK for 2 years, where I spent most of my time
working in a family-owned hotel in Wales, with regular trips exploring Europe. I returned to SA for
about a year, when I decided to continue my travels to the UAE in 1999, where I currently reside.
My conceptual works have developed from intensive research. I explored my interests in using the
female body and mentality. Introduction to new techniques, especially multi-media and the use of
technologies have opened a new field of interest for me. I particularly enjoyed making stop-frame
animations and video works, touching on performance art.
Further exploration led to an engagement with my personal relationships as a starting point for my
concepts. Living with continuous separations within relationships, it was this 'absence' that
became the dominant catalyst for my explorations. Traditional techniques such as embroidery
became my vehicle to express the boredom and loneliness within a relationship with a frequent
absent partner. This progressed into works dealing with the feminine: women's sexuality,
fantasies and exploration of the self.
Feminist and environmental issues are becoming an area of interest to explore. I have been
interested in the aspect of sustainability in terms of identity and personal relationships, and aim to
extend this research further to other topical issues related to the local environment.
I would love to hear feedback of your impressions of my work. Please Contact Me if you would like
to share your thoughts.
2017 Workshop facilitator, Thejamjar Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE
2015 Workshop facilitator, Collage Talent Center, Sharjah Ladies Club, Sharjah, UAE
2013 Private Art tutor, Sharjah, UAE
2010- 2013 Workshop Facilitator (part time). thejamjar, Dubai, UAE
2012 Art Facilitator, Little Stars and Seven Oaks British Nurseries, Sharjah, UAE
April 2015 World Art Dubai, Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE
May 2011 Coffee shop whispers, Coral Beach Resort, Sharjah, UAE
April 2008 Out of Arabia, Ibis Hotel, Dubai, UAE.
Sep- Oct 2006 Out of Africa, Ibis Hotel, Dubai, UAE.
July 2017 Woven Identities, with Jeff Scofield, NUYAD Project Space, Abu Dhabi, UAE
March 2017 Mangroves Festival, Umm Al Quwain Mangroves, UAE
December 2016 Visions of the Future, Etihad Modern Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE
March 2016 Mangroves from the Water, Thejamjar Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE
December 2015 Mangroves from the Water, Umm Al Quwain Fort & Museum, Umm Al Quwain, UAE
November 2015 Mangroves from the Water, Sharjah Fine Arts Society, Sharjah, UAE
October 2015 Mangroves from the Water, Project Space, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE
September 2015 Sustainable Art, Abu Dhabi art Hub, Abu Dhabi, UAE
November 2013- UNISA Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, RSA
February 2013 UNISA 3rd Level Selected Visual Arts and Multi Medie Student Exhibition, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, RSA
May 30, 2012 Group exhibition, Millionaires Business Club, Meydan Hotel, Dubai, UAE.
February 2012 Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival, Dubai Festival City, UAE.
November 2011 Art Exhibition at International Conference: Animals in Law and Society: Perspectives from Africa and Beyond, Unisa, RSA.
Celia de Villiers, Nathani Lüneburg and Ciara Struwig are the curators for this exhibition.
June 2011 Joint Exhibition, Egypt court, Ibn Batuta Mall, Dubai, UAE
April 2011 Joint exhibition, Kambaa lounge, The Address Hotel, Dubai Marina, UAE.
February 2011 Dubai International Jazz Festival, Dubai Media City, UAE.
February 2010 Dubai International Jazz Festival, Dubai Media City, UAE.
February 2009 Dubai International Jazz Festival, Dubai Media City, UAE.
October 2008 ARTE Art & Photography exhibition, Time Square Mall, Dubai, UAE.
Aug 2008 Art Oasis, Wafi City, in conjunciton with thejamjar & Dubai Summer Surprises, Dubai, UAE.
July 2007 Art & Fashion, Bur Jurman Mall, in conjunction with Dubai Summer Surprises, Dubai, UAE.
March 2007 Dubai International Jazz Festival, Dubai Media City, UAE.
December 2006 Ideal Home Show, Airport Expo Center, Dubai, UAE.
October 2006 Breast Cancer paint off, with thejamjar, Bur Jurman Mall, Dubai, UAE.
August 2006 Art Oasis, Reef Mall, Deira, in conjunction with Dubai Summer Surprises, Dubai, UAE.
July 2006 ARTE Artists, Mercato Mall in conjunction with Dubai Summer Surprises and Dubai Autism Center, UAE.
June 2006 World of Fashion and Luxury Products, Hyatt Regency, Dubai, UAE.
April 2006 ARTE Artists, Presotto Furniture and Accessories, Al Quoz, Dubai, UAE.
December 2005 Art & Fashion, Jam Jar & Bur Jurman, Dubai, UAE.
May 2016 The Big Picture, ProArt Gallery, Dubai, UAE
May - June 2015 "Home is where..", Arterie Fine Art Gallery, Naperville, IL, USA
2015 Political Commentary, Linus Gallery, LA, USA [online]
2016 First place, ALL Botanical exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery [online], Maryland, USA
2015 Merit Award, 16th Online Artavita contest [online], Artavita, California, USA
December 2013 Merit Award
UNISA Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition, UNISA Gallery, Pretoria, RSA.
February 2013 Excellence Award- Visual Arts
UNISA 3rd Level Selected Visual Arts and Multi Media Student Exhibition, UNISA Gallery, Pretoria, RSA.
Residencies and Workshops:
June/ July 2015 Liwa Art Hub residency, Abu Dhabi, UAE
November 2014 Tasara Weaving center, Beypore, India
Current Master of Visual Arts, University of South Africa.
2016 Seeing Through Photographs, The Museum of Modern Art on Coursera (online)
2009 – 2014 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), University of South Africa (UNISA).
2014 Art Writing and Journalism Course, Art Radar Asia (online).
1992 – 1995 B.Com. Communications, University of Pretoria, RSA
Media and Press Releases:
21 July 2017 Ramakrishnan, M. From waste to art. Panorama Magazine, The Gulf Today [online]
13 July 2017 Kalsi, J. Connections that bind us together. Gulf News [online]
10 July 2017 Maxwell, C. NYU exhibitions explores the expat condition. Time Out Abu Dhabi [online]
8 July 2017 Amer, H. Rouh Al Ittihad, Emarat TV interview
7 July 2017 Abdel Satter,S. Faaliyat Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi Events, Abu Dhabi TV interview
6 July 2017 Stafford, A. Matter out of place. Selections Magazine [online]
5 July 2017 Kufer, K. Woven Identities exhibition focuses on diversity. The National [online]
April 5, 2017 Ponce de Leon, J. Big surprise awaits students of this school. Gulf News newspaper.
March 6, 2017 Morgan, J. DED, Omniyat to refurbish school in Ajman. Construction Weekly magazine.
June 2016 Seaman, A. Artist Stephanie Neville on how her textile creations weaves emotions with femininity. The National newspaper
February 2016 Stafford, A. Guardians of the mangroves. Selections magazine
December 2015 Maqbool. Y. Guardians of the coast. Saffron Society Insider Magazine.
November 2015 Gilbert, C. Art raises awareness of the UAE mangroves, Madame Magazine,.(p.69-72).
October 2015 Seaman, A. Exploring the UAE's coastline with art. The National Newspaper
July 2015 Lorche, D. The secrect playlist. Selections magazine
October 2013 Morelli, L. Stephanie Neville. Women in Art 278 magazine.
June 2013 Dullay, S. Interview, African Perspectives: Women transforming Africa, Vol.1, Issue 1. Published by the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute [online]
December 2011 Time Out Sharjah magazine interview
May 2011 D'sa, J. Glorious artwork at the Kamba Art Cafe, Dubai. Travel Arabia magazine
May 2011 Ahlan magazine
January 2011 Al Ghalib, E. Budding artists painting leopards in Al Ain, The National newspaper interview
January 2007 Appearance & Interview on That Woman Show, City 7 TV
December 2006 Double Page spread & Interview in Inside Out Magazine
November 2006 Interview with Siobhan Leyden on Dubai Eye 103.8 FM
October 2006 Half page interview in The Gulf Today newspaper
Various 2006 Inside Out, Gulf News Tabloid, 7 Days, Emarat Al Youm, Evening Post, Connector, Aquarius, OK, The Gulf Today.
Various 2005 Dubai Eye 103.8 Fm interviews, Connector, Inside Out, Emirates Home