Petra Schutte

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Petra Schutte is a born and bred Bloemfontein artist. Schutte completed and received her BA Fine Arts degree in 2017 at the University of the Free State, specializing in printmaking and drawing. In 2015 and 2016, she received merit prizes for best Fine Arts student in her year group. In 2015, she received and became part of the Golden Key Honours Society. She has exhibited work and participated in several annual student exhibitions at the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery since 2015 whilst studying.

In 2016; 2017 and 2018, some of her artworks were selected as part of the top 40 in the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition . In 2018, Schutte received a merit award in the Pahtshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition. In 2019, she took part in the Phatshoane Henney New Breed winner’s group exhibition.

Her work was also selected for the Sasol New Signatures art competition as part of the top 100 artworks in 2017 and 2018.

Schutte took part in various group exhibitions in Bloemfontein and Pretoria in 2018 and 2019 and the Johannesburg Turbine Art Fair. Schutte forms part of the Free State Arts Collective (FSAC), an art initiative formed by Karen Brusch.

Schutte creates her own imaginative world of textures, marks, stains, organic markings, used organic objects and technical marks. She is fascinated with markings, stains, colour pigmentations, textures. These marks are all around us but we tend to overlook their subtleties due to technological advancement.

The aim of her work is for the viewer to move closer, to be made aware of what they are looking at, allowing the viewer to form their own innovative, original and imaginative world. Giving the viewer free reign in creating and interpreting what they wish to see. Allowing the viewer to experience a pareidolia (imagined patterns seen in random markings) and a terra incognita (a term used in cartography for regions that have not yet been mapped or documented), in between the constant flow of marks and textures.