The examples in this portfolio were created in association with Qubeka Bead Studio (Cape Town).
My work is an ongoing conversation between fact and fiction and is firmly rooted in daydreams and personal experiences. Whether large, small or simply medium in size, the works are apparitions that stem from collaboration, interaction and exchange. In 2004 Jeanetta Blignaut founded the Qubeka Bead Studio and since then the studio has collaborated with numerous artists on individual pieces, but our association has stood the test of time. Due to the extreme labour intensiveness of these panels, we create only four to six of these collaborative works each year.
My interest in the medium of drawing and the tangible quality of varied drawing materials steers the design process and production. The beaded drawings increasingly display a pre-occupation with capturing and imitating the physical quality of various inks, hand drawn marks, pigments and found photographic images. Through the mixes of glass pixels, we strive to find a poetic interpretation that is simultaneously a suitable translation. The beads lend a gem-like quality to the recycled tidbits from which the original collages/designs had been constructed.
Artist Bio / CV
LIZA GROBLER (born 1974) in Cape Town currently works from the Bijou Art Studios in Observatory. Grobler received a Master's Degree in Fine Arts with distinction from Stellenbosch University in 1999 and has since worked as an artist as well as a drawing teacher at various tertiary institutes. She is known for the magpie manner in which she combines varied materials and craft techniques to create mixed-media drawings and site-specific constructions. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has attended residencies and workshops in America, Norway, Finland, Belgium and Switzerland. Her work is represented in various public and private collections, including Spier (Cape Town), Hollard Insurance (Johannesburg) and the Frans Masereel Centre (Belgium).