Light As Ash – 2013
Reverse-glass & fineliner on maple plywood•900mm x 900mm
R16200•Price excludes frame and shipping•Contact bojan@frameitup.co.za – situated in Johannesburg•

The paradox of survival: To be dynamic, to be fearless and place oneself in danger, is part of the constant need to explore and adapt, an essential attribute that facilitates evolutionary shaping to a constantly shifting environment; whereas to retreat into safety is another means to survive through self preservation, a means to avoid contact with environmental threats and most favorable conditions in which to procreate. It is agreed that both attributes contribute to survival, and is deeply engrained within our instinct. However, the human species differ on an individual level where these attributes vary from one extreme to the next, and this causes conflict on a social level, as we are preoccupied with personal perspective rather than that of the collective. The difference is also generally age specific: the last part of the human brain to develop (well up to mid-twenties), the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex, controls “executive functions” including weighing long-term consequences and controlling impulses. It not only explains the stereotype image of an enraged youth defying his over-protective parents, but also reveals how pertinent it is to evolution, that our species push boundaries specifically during physical prime. Therefore, under the magnifying glass so-to-speak, there is chaos and conflict; but from an evolutionary perspective there is harmony.

"Ghost Dog" 2018
Reverse-glass painting & fineliner on ash
920mm x 720mm•Framed in a subtle black box frame
R22500.00•Price excludes shipping•Currently in Cape Town•Contact art@mariettebergh.com•

This landscape with a dog engulfed in shadow, nostalgia, intricate patterns, symbolic imagery and the use of a monochrome palette. The technique used for the fineliner drawing permeate tension and the lack of contrast refer to the effort involved in constructing an image within the mind’s eye – like fading memories. The patterns used on the glass refer to energy, the essence of existence and its nature to vibrate, move and change in a way that has both order and chaos – a moment of experiencing life as energy is empowering as there is a realization of fluidity and motion rather than feeling inert. The patterns have a tribal quality as well that evoke a sense of mysticism.

"Cape Town" 2017
Reverse-glass painting suspended over a light grey board
920mm x 720mm•Framed in a solid wood Kiaat frame
R22500.00•Price excludes shipping•Currently in Cape Town•Contact art@mariettebergh.com•

After relocating to Cape Town from Johannesburg in 2014, I've finally embraced it as home. This painting is a tribute to that, and the daily gratitude I feel to call it home instead of a holiday destination. I always thought that landscape art don't do the real thing justice, but now as I've grown older I've come to appreciate different reinterpretations of nature, and wanted to apply mine in the same way that I've been applying to portraits. And to create landscape art that emulates the energy in the form of moving particles, that enter the body and alters your state of being from the inside. Landscapes have become spiritual experiences instead of places through which to travel. This painting forms part of the first few of my landscape series, and here I've refined my technique and enjoy the slow and meditative process. The original artwork framed in solid Kiaat wood. There are 200 limited edition Gilgée prints of this painting available for sale, however the prints have a slightly different look and background texture.

“Cape Town” 2017 • EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION GIGLÉE PRINTS FOR SALE
Felix Schoeller True Fibre 200gsm•Edition size: 100
•PRICES•
300mm x 230mm (fits A4 frame) – R1600.00
420mm x 320mm (fits A3 frame) – R2400.00
590mm x 450mm (fits A2 frame) – R3600.00
830mm x 650mm (fits A1 frame) – R5500.00
1200mm x 840mm (fits A0 frame) – R7350.00
•Price excludes frame and shipping•Currently in Cape Town•To order email art@mariettebergh.com•
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After relocating to Cape Town from Johannesburg in 2014, I've finally embraced it as home. This painting is a tribute to that, and the daily gratitude I feel to call it home instead of a holiday destination. I always thought that landscape art don't do the real thing justice, but now as I've grown older I've come to appreciate different reinterpretations of nature, and wanted to apply mine in the same way that I've been applying to portraits. And to create landscape art that emulates the energy in the form of moving particles, that enter the body and alters your state of being from the inside. Landscapes have become spiritual experiences instead of places through which to travel. This painting forms part of the first few of my landscape series, and here I've refined my technique and enjoy the slow and meditative process. Originally painted on reverse-glass before combining with a background paper, in this case a warm grey. This specific artwork is exclusively available as limited edition Gilgée prints, made to order so that you can select a size best suited to you. I can assist with framing as well, but if it has far to travel I recommend buying it without a frame for more affordable shipping and less risk of damage – feel free to discuss the options with me.

"Realm of the Mind" 2015
Reverse-glass painting
720mm x 920mm•Framed in a black angled frame
R26600.00•Price excludes shipping•Currently in Cape Town•Contact art@mariettebergh.com•

LIMITED EDITION GIGLÉE PRINTS FOR SALE
Felix Schoeller True Fibre 200gsm•Edition size: 50
•PRICES•
300mm x 230mm (fits A4 frame) – R1600.00
420mm x 320mm (fits A3 frame) – R2400.00
590mm x 450mm (fits A2 frame) – R3600.00
830mm x 650mm (fits A1 frame) – R5500.00
1200mm x 840mm (fits A0 frame) – R7350.00
•Price excludes frame and shipping•To order email art@mariettebergh.com•

This painting is very personal – I wanted to portray the brain vs the mind vs the person... the connection between this grey matter and how much of who you are rely on it, or parts of it. In this case showing a network of neurons (google "brainbows"). After undergoing brain surgery to remove an enormous tumour, I was left blind in one eye, sense of smell gone and most of my pituitary function.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The bitter-sweet part of the story is that I was pregnant and the pregnancy fuelled this tumour, but baby was delivered safely (at 32 weeks) prior to the big operation, and my baby boy had all of my attention and I had no time to wallow in dispair about the traumatic experience or the adjustment to being half blind and dependent on so much meds for the rest of my life.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The saddest part of this story is that I had a small solo exhibition shortly before the birth, to which a dear, long lost childhood friend made the effort to come and see (on foot, through big bad Joburg CBD where he was residing). While I was in hospital, this friend died of an overdose. Philip Pretorius was his name. It was speculated that he died because of one of those implants that prevent you from getting high – back then mostly dodgy ones were available in RSA, and this seems what some think why he OD'd, no-one knows for sure.

“Drakensberg” 2018 • EXCLUSIVE GIGLÉE PRINTS FOR SALE
Felix Schoeller True Fibre 200gsm•Edition size: 100
•PRICES•
300mm x 230mm (fits A4 frame) – R1600.00
420mm x 320mm (fits A3 frame) – R2400.00
590mm x 450mm (fits A2 frame) – R3600.00
830mm x 650mm (fits A1 frame) – R5500.00
1200mm x 840mm (fits A0 frame) – R7350.00
•Price excludes frame and shipping•Currently in Cape Town•To order email art@mariettebergh.com•
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Inspired by hiking trips through mountains, the effect that nature has on the body and the soul is powerful. I always thought that landscape art don't do the real thing justice, but now as I've grown older I've come to appreciate different reinterpretations of nature, and wanted to apply mine in the same way that I've been applying to portraits. And to create landscape art that emulates the energy in the form of moving particles, that enter the body and alters your state of being from the inside. Landscapes have become spiritual experiences instead of places through which to travel. This painting forms part of the first few of my landscape series, and here I've refined my technique and enjoy the slow and meditative process. Originally painted on reverse-glass before combining with a background paper, in this case a warm grey. This specific artwork is exclusively available as limited edition Gilgée prints, made to order so that you can select a size best suited to you. I can assist with framing as well, but if it has far to travel I recommend buying it without a frame for more affordable shipping and less risk of damage– feel free to discuss the options with me.

You Whisper, You're Scared – 2014
Reverse-glass & oils on maple plywood•900mm x 900mm
R16200•Price excludes frame and shipping•Contact bojan@frameitup.co.za – situated in Johannesburg•

"Gravity is the force that grounds us, that keeps us safe. It is not always where we want to be, sometimes we want to be up high and free where the sun might burn our wings. So gravity is that parental voice, the constant urge to take shorter leaps that won’t hurt, to slow down so that we don’t stumble so often. And eventually, to bury us deep into the ground, where we shall lie quietly for eternity. When you are young, you are not concerned with safety and it is then that you may, or may not, seize the opportunity to escape to the stars. Where it is wonderful. Where it is dangerous. Otherwise what is the point of being born alive? If the only way to live is on the ground, or below?"

"Drakensberg in oils" 2016
Oil on Ash plywood
720mm x 620mm•Framed in a white angled frame
R14700.00•Price excludes shipping•Currently in Cape Town•Contact art@mariettebergh.com•

LIMITED EDITION GIGLÉE PRINTS FOR SALE
Felix Schoeller True Fibre 200gsm•Edition size: 50
•PRICES•
297mm x 252mm (fits A4 frame) – R800.00
420mm x 356mm (fits A3 frame) – R1600.00
588mm x 498mm (fits A2 frame) – R2600.00
840mm x 712mm (fits A1 frame) – R4900.00
•Price excludes frame and shipping•To order email art@mariettebergh.com•

This is the first of my landscape series. The original artwork is framed, whereas the Giglée prints are sold with or without a frame, but if it has far to travel I recommend buying it without a frame for more affordable shipping and less risk of damage – feel free to discuss the options with me.
"Gravity is the force that grounds us, that keeps us safe. It is not always where we want to be, sometimes we want to be up high and free where the sun might burn our wings. So gravity is that parental voice, the constant urge to take shorter leaps that won’t hurt, to slow down so that we don’t stumble so often. And eventually, to bury us deep into the ground, where we will lie quietly for eternity. When you are young, you are not concerned with safety and it is then that you may, or may not, seize the opportunity to escape to the stars. Where it is wonderful. Where it is dangerous. Otherwise what is the point of being born alive? If the only way to live is on the ground, or below?"

A Narrow Squeak – 2014
Reverse-glass & mixed media•900mm x 900mm
R16200•Price excludes frame and shipping•Contact bojan@frameitup.co.za – situated in Johannesburg•

"The paradox of survival: To be dynamic, to be fearless and place oneself in danger, is part of the constant need to explore and adapt, an essential attribute that facilitates evolutionary shaping to a constantly shifting environment; whereas to retreat into safety is another means to survive through self preservation, a means to avoid contact with environmental threats and most favorable conditions in which to procreate. It is agreed that both attributes contribute to survival, and is deeply engrained within our instinct. However, the human species differ on an individual level where these attributes vary from one extreme to the next, and this causes conflict on a social level, as we are preoccupied with personal perspective rather than that of the collective. The difference is also generally age specific: the last part of the human brain to develop (well up to mid-twenties), the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex, controls “executive functions” including weighing long-term consequences and controlling impulses. It not only explains the stereotype image of an enraged youth defying his over-protective parents, but also reveals how pertinent it is to evolution, that our species push boundaries specifically during physical prime. Therefore, under the magnifying glass so-to-speak, there is chaos and conflict; but from an evolutionary perspective there is harmony."

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