2021 Absa L’Atelier Ambassador: Winning artist in Group A

Portfolio statement

Von Maltitz is presently enrolled for a Doctor of Philosophy, Fine Art, at the University of the Free State, South Africa. She is also presently a full-time lecturer in the Department of Fine Art at the University of the Free State.

For Von Maltitz, making sculpture and installation art involves processes in artmaking that are comparable to conventional historical, as well as contemporary rituals, which engage with death and loss. This process was sparked when she observed (what looked like) a mother and sister continually, over months, rebuild and maintain a roadside shrine which she passed regularly on her daily commute. Through her artmaking process, it allows Von Maltitz to think and work through personal anxieties regarding the trauma of loss and death.

Von Maltitz considers most of the materials used in her artworks as site-specific, either directly collected from a site of trauma and loss or attempting to reference that site. These site-specific materials include earth, cremated bones, hair, nail clippings, breastmilk and lint. The use of resin and Plexiglas is primarily to support these materials, and they also contribute meanings through their own material characteristics.