Minien Hattingh, born in Pietersburg, currently resides in Pretoria where she has completed her BA Fine Arts (hons) degree at the University of Pretoria (2014). With a childhood background of psychology babble and a distinct knowledge of the esoteric, her work naturally represents the otherly and unusual.

The themes most commonly expressed in her work range from spirituality, social consciousness, humour entwined with a child-like prospect, but with an edgy flavour. She likes working with death and the unknown. This and the macabre has been somewhat of an innate interest, since both seem to be misunderstood and feared. Victorian and gothic art also plays a role in what inspires her. Somehow contradictory, there exists a child-like quality in her work maybe because she’s drawn to the innocence, directness and sincerity of children (a child should not be feign).

The working process she follows is mainly based on intuition and finding inspiration in the mundane, it’s the first place to look. When she makes art the first thing she trusts is her gut, it’s not as pragmatic as the brain and not as romanticised as the heart.

Thus far she has had the opportunity to exhibit at Art Space: Telkom Towers(2012), The Room(2012), Fried Contemporary Art Gallery (2013), Longstreet Art Lovers Gallery (2013-2015), as well as Trent Gallery (2013-2014), The Turbine Art fair (2014). She has been fortunate enough to be chosen for Sasol New Signatures art competition Top 100 in 2014 as well as 2015. Furthermore she has been a finalist in Art Lovers for the love of art competition (2015) and the Taxi Award top 38 (2015). A defining moment in her career was her first solo exhibition entitled Invisible mother:Infantilised child at Art Lovers Gallery in April 2015.

In late 2015 she received the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Merit award for Multi and New Media.

Currently, she is a full time Visual Artist represented by State of the Art Gallery in Cape Town as well as The Daville Baillie gallery in Johannesburg South Africa.

 

Artwork list:

1. Minien Hattingh_ Puella I (2 out of 4 available), unframed, 120cm x 50cm, 2014, New signatures top 100 exhibition, 2015

2. Minien Hattingh_ Puella I (2 out of 4 available),unframed, 120cm x 50cm,2014, New signatures top 100 exhibition, 2015

3. Minien Hattingh_ Puella III (2 out of 4 available), unframed, 120cm x 50cm ,2014, New signatures top 100 exhibition, 2015

4. Minien Hattingh _Esot(eric), Identity, Daville Baillie, SOLD

5. Minien Hattingh_Aptronymic, 2016, framed, mixed media.

6. Minien Hattingh_cathartic release, 2016,framed, mixed media.

7. Minien Hattingh_Neith unarmed, 2016,framed, mixed media.

8. Minien Hattingh_Invisible mothers, framed, New media merit award Thami Mneyele award 2015.

9. Minien Hattingh_Invisible mamma, Digital photography, framed, Invisible mother: infantilised child solo exhibition, Art Lovers 1932, 2015

10. Minien Hattingh_Invisible momma, Digital photography, framed, Invisible mother: infantilised child solo exhibition, Art Lovers 1932, 2015

11.Minien Hattingh_ Invisible Mom, Digital photography, 150 cm x 65cm (board) Invisible mother: infantilised child solo exhibition, Art Lovers 1932, 2015

12. Minien Hattingh_the in between, SOLD

13. Minien Hattingh_the in between, SOLD

14. Minien_Hattingh_Death of the Puella I_Digital photographic print, 1 framed, (4 out of 4 available)

15. Minien_Hattingh_Death of the Puella II_Digital photographic print, (3 out of 4 available)

16. Minien Hattingh_Invisible momma, Digital photography, framed, Invisible mother: infantilised child solo exhibition, Art Lovers 1932, 2015