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Meet the judges – Adelheid von Maltitz, 2019


We are pleased to announce that scholar and practicing sculptor Adelheid von Maltitz will be joining the panel of judges once again for the 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards.

Through obtaining a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of the Free State, where she currently lectures, Adelheid has developed a particular keenness for sculpture.

“It is so rewarding and exciting having an idea and seeing it come to life. The way it comes into being, as well as the final product, is never 100% the way I imagined it. It’s always a bit out of my control – but it is such as amazing experience to make artworks,” Adelheid gushes.

2018 proved to be a formidable year for Adelheid, as she took part in a number of exhibitions, such as the Sasol New Signatures, ABSA L’Atelier, Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition and Speaking Out and Standing Up: An Exhibition in Honour of Courageous South African Women.

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This year may yield even more success. She is currently working on a large sculptural piece that will include both lint and earth. Speaking of her choice of medium, she explains: “I have been particularly interested in working with tumble dryer lint as a site-specific material containing – amongst other things – my immediate family’s skin cells.” 

Being a returning judge for PPC Imaginarium affords Adelheid the opportunity to observe the calibre of concrete sculptural work coming out of the Free State.

Adelheid recalls Franli Meintjies’ 2018 submission, entitled “Award Worthy”, as being particularly striking. The piece encapsulates ceramic chicken feet mounted to a trophy plaque; a comment on the high rate of poverty in South Africa. It earned Meintjes a place as runner-up of the 2018 Sculpture Category.

“The work brings out juxtapositions like poverty and wealth, beauty and repulsiveness, to name but a few, which makes me aware of the dynamic cultural differences in South Africa,” Adelheid says of the piece.

On what she is hoping to see at the 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards, Adelheid says: “I can’t say that I foresee any emerging themes in 2019, but I am very much looking to finding out!”

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