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Veiled Threats | Bothma



  1. Ilené Bothma

'Veiled Threats' consists of a series of self-portraits investigating identity politics within the domestic space, specifically the role of the woman within this sphere.


This body of work developed out of the artist’s interest in the uncanny nature of home, an increasing concern about violence perpetrated against the home, as well as a long standing unease with issues surrounding the self.


Watercolours in combination with mixed media works investigate surface and artifice, distortions of identity and adaptations of the self in the face of things we have no control over. 


Bothma was born in 1981 in Port-Elizabeth. She received a BA in Fine Art (with distinction) in 2003 and an MA in Fine Art, in 2007, both degrees from the Stellenbosch University. She received a second MA in Fine Art (with distinction) in 2011 from Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom. She currently lives and works in Cape Town.


View the exhibition catalogue below the images.