She's Blue | Anico Mostert (b. 1995, Cape Town)
63cm x 70cm (25" x 27.5"), oil on canvas.
About the artist
Anico Mostert is a multi-disciplinary artist and printmaker, who lives and works in Cape Town. She graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2017, where she majored in printmaking.
Her work speaks to the quiet moments of the everyday, exuding a calm quietness, illustrating unexpected details and unassuming scenarios that verge on the mundane but are illuminated through her attention and careful colour choices. Her approach to making is versatile, and she works across ceramics, textile design, animation and painting. Anico has been a part of several solo and group exhibitions in South Africa.
I allow my practice to be intuitive and exist as a process of learning and discovery, creating the space for vivid colours and coltish figures to find their place in paintings and prints.
I use reference images from social media to imagine still lifes of ordinary scenes, that feel familiar and comforting but are also somewhat inverted and distorted to feel fresh and unexpected. Each piece’s name occurs as I imagine what it would say if it could speak. My work upends familiarity; reminiscent of home spaces, yet offering a surreal swing of imagery, where rooms are unpeopled and yet full of life, and pictures of people are empty of objects.