Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe at Linen & Stone / Garden Bleu

I couple of years ago I walked into Garden Bleu in Greenside. I was familiar with Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe’s series of cement sculptures of female figures, but on this particular day it was her beautiful Victory Angel that stopped me in my tracks. It reminded me of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, one of the most beautiful sculptures I’ve ever seen. I immediately fell in love with this sculpture that, for me, celebrates beauty and femininity. 

Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe is a South-African sculptor who studied at the University of Pretoria and then Wits. She’s received numerous awards over the years and many of her commissioned works are used as awards, such as the KKNK Kanna Awards. She is also the person behind those amazing sculptures of the little girl in a red and white bathing costume that used to be on the Seapoint Promenade in Cape Town (read more here). Today she works from her studio in the Elgin/Grabouw valley. Most of Marieke’s work is an exploration of the female form. They are primarily in polished concrete. She first sculpts in clay and then makes silicone moulds. She then casts the different mixes of reinforced concrete into these moulds. Sand and stone with different tones from different parts of South Africa are used to achieve colour and texture. 

Linen & Stone / Garden Bleu – both in Greenside and in Hatfield - stock a wide range of her works. Included in this are the ranges celebrating her first born, the little “ducky” toy range of her second child and the milk bottles for her third. These motherhood-inspired sculptures are really worth mentioning, even amongst the massive body of work she has built up regardless. Sometimes, I personally find it difficult to explain the wonder of motherhood without using the normal clichés. These figurines manage to convey a tenderness, a subtlety and a love that surpasses description through words, a three-dimensional essay that tells you at a glance that their creator has lived the emotions that she is capturing. 

You can read more about Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe here.

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