Artistry Abounds - Anita Steyn
a mixed-media artist from Karibib, sculpts exquisite ceramic washbasins and tiles. Lodges throughout Namibia have commissioned her pottery. Not only her ceramics are in demand – she also does coloured cement screed floors and walls.
Those passing through Karibib should budget time and dollars to visit this world-known artist in her studio. She has renovated her corner property with striking stonework, tiles and screed. All in all, there will soon be six areas that she can rent out to retailers or to visitors who wish to overnight in an artistic setting.
Her pottery is not only beautiful, but also functional. Apart from the large basins, pots and murals, her collections of smaller accent tiles are inviting. Visitors can’t help but plan new focus points in their homes with her tiles and screed in mind.
Her birthplace, the Kalahari, infused in her a deep-seated love for nature. Her art often reflects her unease at the decay and deterioration she senses around her. She combines mixed media to depict her sense of loss and grasping for the divine.
Often Scripture verses dictate her theme. Her textile art of the 1980s brought her first acclaim. A huge three-dimensional mobile fibre work, “The Custodian”, was selected for a prestigious South African art competition in 1986.
Having earned her Fine Arts degree in 1977, she added a post graduate Diploma in Museum Science. Her love of the old is evident in the way she combines stonework in her Karibib property with screed on the walls instead of paint. Screed gives a lived-in, rustic feel. She enjoys working in charcoal, watercolour, oil, acrylic, textile, clay and creative screed application.
“Currently I am focusing on creating art in new and older properties. Working with coloured cement screed brings me much joy and is an inexpensive option to enhance floors and walls. This medium lends itself to art,
as can be seen in the photo of the window arch to the left.”
She has been blessed with numerous awards and commissions throughout her career. The book Art in Namibia, by Adelheid Lilienthal, mentions “Her greatest source of inspiration is the country itself, her motivation and driving force the need to convey her commitment to Namibia …” Anita’s art is displayed in public and private collections in more than 14 countries in the world.
Contact Anita Steyn at: +264 81 127 1531