Marieke grew up on a farm and has sculpted with whatever she could find, since she can remember. She studied Fine Art at the University of Pretoria with a major in sculpture and is currently completing her Masters Degree at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Being part of a very multi cultural, multi linguistic new South African democracy has impacted her sculpture significantly. There is ever the desire to communicate and to be understood – to be relevant, hopeful and truthful.
In 1997 Marieke was awarded the Sasol New signatures judges award by William Kentridge.
In 1999 she was the winner of the PPC National Young Sculptors Award with her installation ‘Inconcrete in Concrete’. In 1999 she had 10 life size sculptures acquired by the National Johannesburg Art Museum for their permanent collection. In 2010 to 2012 she presented ‘Walking the Road’ Public Art installation on the Sea Point Promenade in Cape Town. In 2014 she was awarded a national tender to create the first HIV and AIDS Children’s Memorial Sculpture, now on permanent display on the Miriam Makeba Terrace at UNISA campus in Pretoria. In 2015 Marieke was selected to create a 6m National Monument for the South African Department of Art, Culture and Heritage of the late Mr John Beaver Marks. The bronze sculpture is to be installed in the North West Province, the first of its kind in that area. She is currently working on a 17 piece public sculpture project for the City of Cape Town to be unveiled early next year.
Marieke has completed numerous private and public commissions and her work is represented in several public sites, private collections and galleries both nationally and abroad. She lives in Grabouw with her husband and their three children.
Artist’s Statement on The Reader
The Reader pays homage to the wonder, excitement and profundity of the written word and the fundamental and paramount importance of reading in the lives of the youth throughout the world but specifically in our country. Reading and the knowledge and empowerment contained within the words takes our youth from basic existence into a journey of meaningful and purposeful life experience.