Kerrie-Anne Van Heerden

Title: Dark Horses [triptych]
Date: 2013
Medium: Collage on Archival Paper
Dimensions: 330x435mm [framed]

Artist Statement

In my current practice I explore the ideas of sex, sexuality and surface through the use of collage. By collecting, selecting and arranging disparate imagery sourced from pornographic magazines I further twist and contort these bodies and emancipated parts to further emphasize the rawness and callous nature of pornographic sex.

These images have been cut, bruised, decapitated, scanned, printed then pasted resulting in distinct qualities and shocking forms. There is a familiarity attached to these images; they are something, yet nothing. They both give and they take. The then reproduction of these images emphasizes the superficial qualities of a surface; the things we see and touch. The bodies that you see before you are frozen in a moment of titillation and vulgarity carved from a previous context in order to create another.


Kerrie-Anne Van Heerden is a recent graduate from the Faculty of Creative Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology in South Auckland. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and is currently completing a Master of Arts Management degree at AUT University. In addition to her exhibition practice, Van Heerden is an active member of the Youth Art Committee at Artstation Toi Tu, Auckland Council’s community art centre in Ponsonby.

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