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About the Artist

Jenna Burchell is an award winning South African artist. In her practice, Burchell is driven to find ways to preserve the fragile and ephemeral nature of memory and experience. Often this involves fusing the digital with the natural world in order to create vessels, archives and libraries where in the historical is subverted with narratives from the periphery. Burchell's process is stochastic, it allows function and relational aesthetics to direct the physical formation of her work. This often results in sculptural sound objects and large-scale interactive environments in which the audience must be present. People, communities and places are rooted in the essence of her practice.

Burchell (born 1985) has exhibited at various national and international galleries, museums and institutions. Her works have been featured as special projects at select art fairs including: The Art15 (London), and the FNB Joburg Art Fair (South Africa). She was the recipient of the Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award (2011) and has been a resident artist at sculpture parks such as the YSP and Nirox. Her traveling solo project titled Homing was featured on the main programme at the National Arts Festival, Makhanda (2014). Burchell has recently completed a series of permanent outdoor sound installations that form part of her international project titled Songsmith, resident at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa (2018).


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