Hermien Van Der Merwe

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  • Hermien Van Der Werwe

    Title: Live in the Light (John. 12:35)
    Medium: Wire Construction, Egyptian linen/cotton (stiffened), pearlescent glaze (this protects the piece against dust, crystal beads as decoration on the petal tips)
    Diameter:  1000mm
    Circumference:
    3000mm

  • Hermien Van Der Werwe

    Title: Die Ware Lig (The True Light)
    Medium: Wire Construction, Egyptian linen/cotton (stiffened), pearlescent glaze (this protects the piece against dust,  crystal beads as decoration on the petal tips
    Diameter:  1000mm
    Circumference:
    3000mm

  • Hermien Van Der Merwe

    Title: Kinders van die Lig (Children of the Light)
    Medium: Wire Construction, Egyptian linen/cotton (stiffened), pearlescent glaze (this protects the piece against dust,  crystal beads as decoration on the petal tips
    Diameter:  840mm Circumference: 2200mm

  • Hermien Van Der Merwe

    Title: Laat jou lig so skyn (Let your light shine)
    Medium: Wire Construction, Egyptian linen/cotton (stiffened), pearlescent glaze (this protects the piece against dust,  crystal beads as decoration on the petal tips
    Diameter:  1500mm
    Circumference: 3200mm

  • Hermien Van Der Merwe

    Title: Lig vir die Wereld (Light of the world)
    Medium: Wire Construction, Egyptian linen/cotton (stiffened), pearlescent glaze (this protects the piece against dust,  crystal beads as decoration on the petal tips
    Diameter:  1100mm
    Circumference: 3000mm
    Artist’s thoughts: John 8:12 and Matthew 5:14-16. This artwork is part of a series chandeliers in various sizes and can be used to hang from a ceiling or light stand (upside down), or be exhibited on a plinth/stand (upright). This work is a massive chandelier inspired by the Protea flower. It is a large wire construction with individually crafted petals. Each petal is meticulously covered with white tissue papier-mâché. I then painted it with a pearlescent glaze. At the tip of each petal, I have placed a moon bead to catch the light. A light shines from the centre of the chandelier. The theme is: Light of the world.

  • Hermien Van Der Werwe

    Title: Koning se Kroon (King's Crown)
    Medium: Perspex/Pen and Ink/Acrylic Paint
    Size: 420mm(D) x 260mm (H)
    Artist’s thoughts: 2 Timothy 4:8 and 1 Peter 5:4. The crown is a larger than life size three dimensional artwork. It is made out of a Perspex-like material and I used a painting technique known as painting in reverse. I used pen and ink and acrylic paints to create five King Proteas on the inside of the see through crown. The viewer sees the outside of the artwork – through the perspex. In Afrikaans, the large flower petals are called “kroonblare” – crown petals. The crown is meant to be exhibited with five fresh King Proteas on its inside as seen on the photo.

  • Hermien Van Der Merwe

    Title: Mooi verrys uit die as (Beauty for ashes)
    Medium: Mixed media on canvas: Printing ink and thinners/ Charcoal/ Chalk Pastel/ Flammable glue as drawing medium
    Size: 1800mm x 4200 mm
    Artist’s thoughts: Isaiah 61:3. This work is a large drawing in mixed media on canvas. The flower petals in the front are individually crafted with wire and canvas to stand away from the canvas and complete the crown of the flower in a three dimensional way.
    The media used to make the drawing, strengthen the theme:
    Thinners prints: I use thinners to strip printing ink off paper and use this as a printing and painting medium. In nature, fire strips the land of weeds and scorches the Protea seeds to produce new growth.
    Charcoal: Burnt wood is used to create beauty out of something with little worth: Beauty for ashes.
    Flammable glue: This resembles the Protea seeds that gets burnt by natural fires. The glue is ignited on the canvas as seen in the detailed photos of the artwork.