Sanell Aggenbach



About

Sanell Aggenbach’s work deals primarily with the intersection of history and private narratives by considering the process of recall and interpretation. Her work displays an accomplished virtuosity as she moves comfortably between the various disciplines of painting, printmaking and sculpture.

Since 2003, Aggenbach has focused mainly on subverted feminine tropes and feminist themes. In her most recent solo exhibition, Bend to Her Will, she subtly and mischievously reframed the hobbyist art of flower arranging by appropriating the traditionally masculine art of Japanese Ikebana. Her sculptural work, primarily in bronze, parody Western masterpieces from Michelangelo, Henry Moore, and Warhol to Pierneef and take a refreshing look at these pivotal references from a woman’s perspective.

“My earlier works relied heavily on processing found imagery, rethinking associations and creating new fictions. These works were often an amalgamation of historic references with private narratives and forms part of a process of investigating pathologies and deconstructing the past. My primary intention is to construct subtle paradoxes by introducing a quite humour, either formally or materially.”

Born in Cape Town in 1975, Aggenbach currently lives and works in Woodstock, Cape Town. Her explorative work has secured her many achievements including winning the  Absa L’Atelier Award in 2003. Her work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including Sasol, Absa, Spier, SABC, Red Bull (Austria), the South African National Gallery, 21C Museum in Kentucky (USA) and Anglo Gold.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 Bend To Her Will - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Johannesburg
Bend to Her Will - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2015 Atopia, NWU Gallery, Potchefstroom
2013 Famila Obscura, Brundyn+, Cape Town
2011 Some Dance to Remember Some Dance to Forget, Blank Projects, Cape Town
2009 Graceland, Gallery AOP, Johannesburg
2008 Sub Rosa, Joäo Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town
2007 Perfectly Still, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg
2006 Blues and Greys, Art on Paper Gallery, Johannesburg
2005 Hoogwater/High Tide, KKNK, Oudtshoorn
Fools Gold, Bell Roberts Contemporary, Cape Town
2003 Blank, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
2001 From a Netherworld, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
2000 Northern Ladies, Art Konsult, New Delhi, India

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Cape Town Art Fair 2017, Cape Town
The Future is Female, 21C Musem Hotels, Louisville, USA
2016 Nano, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
Transformation, Southern Guild, Cape Town
2015 Foreign Bodies - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2014 20 Years of Democracy, Appalachian State University, North Carolina
2012 Paint I, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town
Seeing Eye, Brundyn +, Cape Town
Positive Tension - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2011 Alptraum, Deutscher Kuenstlerbund, Berlin, Germany
2010 Twenty, Contemporary Public Sculpture, Nirox, Johannesburg
2006 20 Artists06, Contemporary Printing, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
2005 Sweet Nothings, New Photographic Work, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
2004 2nd Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, Stellenbosch
40 Years, University of Stellenbosch, Sasol Art Museum
2003 ABSA L'Atelier, Johannesburg
YDESIRE, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Brett Kebble Art Awards, Cape Town
Picnic, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
2002 Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, Jan Marais Nature Reserve, Stellenbosch
2001 Aarsel/Waver, KKNK, Oudtshoorn
Micro/Macro, South African Printmakers at Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Permanent Collections

Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Absa Collection
Anglo Gold South Africa
Hollard Collection
Sasol Collection
Spier Collection
Didata
SABC
Labour 24 Pty Ltd
Red Bull Collection, Salzburg, Austria
New Church Museum
21C Museum in Kentucky

Selected Publications

2013      Familia Obscura
2009      Graceland Catalogue
2007      Turbulence, Hangar-7, Austria
2007       Sanell Aggenbach Catalogue
2007       Artinvestor, Germany
2007       Art South Africa: Vol. 5, Issue 04; Page 82 (Review)
2005       Cape Town Month of Photography
2004       2nd Spier Sculpture Biennale Catalogue
2004       Sasol Art Museum, University of Stellenbosch
2003       ABSA L’Atelier
2003       Art South Africa: Vol. 02, Issue 01; Page 14 (Review)
2002       Spier Sculpture Biennale Catalogue