Louiza Combrinck

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Louiza Combrinck is a Bloemfontein-based artist, whose artistic practice has been largely influenced by childhood experiences of her Southern Free State family farm. Her love for these landscapes still guides her art career and formed the foundation for her Bachelor's in Fine Arts degree, which she completed cum laude in 2020 at the University of the Free State (UFS). Throughout her studies, Combrinck engaged with a variety of mediums, and ultimately specialised in painting, which she often synthesises with land art, digital, video, and sound installations. Combrinck is currently employed as a Junior Art History Lecturer at the UFS and completed her Bachelors of Arts Honours degree with a specialisation in Art History and Image Studies in 2021. Her current academic interest in the history of art conceptually informs her artistic practice, which she plans to enrich by enrolling for a Master’s degree in Fine Arts in 2022. During her time at the UFS, Combrinck has received various academic awards for achievements in both fine art and art history modules, participated in several student exhibitions at the Johannes Stegmann Gallery, was included in exhibitions at the Vrystaat Arts Festival in 2018, and was a finalist in the local Phatshoane Henney New Breed competition in 2018 and 2021. Combrinck’s work inspects the structures of experience related to inhabiting and exploring the land as an artist in new and imaginative ways. An interdisciplinary approach to landscape, stone, and the South African environment allows her to conceptually explore the artist’s sensual relationship to the land. Her broader field of research includes themes related to the artistic imagination, the wonder, discovery, and exploration of a landscape, and more recently the complicated possession and demarcation of land in South Africa.