Rina Stutzer, born 1976 in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal, went on to complete her MA (FA) at the University of Pretoria in 2007. Since graduation, she has lectured part-time in painting and drawing in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria. Yet, for the last few years, she has been focusing on her own creative process and production investigating both sculptural form and painting. In her recent paintings, she has been exploring painting with acid on copper plate as an everchanging image. These images are presented alongside digital prints of the painting at the time of ‘completion’ (from when they are no longer actively worked on, but during which the patina and oxidisation continues to alter the image). She predominantly works with the ‘nomadic’ as a theme, exploring this within a South African context.
Stutzer has achieved a number of accolades including: The Bettie Cilliers-Barnard Bursary from the University of Pretoria for excellence in painting (1999), the SASOL New Signatures Art Competition: People’s Choice Award (1999). She was awarded the first prize in the Ekurhuleni Fine Arts Award Competition (2007) and achieved a distinction for her majoring practical subject, painting, in her Masters in Fine Arts, the same year. She was awarded the Rendezvous: Focus Painting bursary (also a Bettie Ciliers-Barnard bursary) comprising a French residency in 2013. In 2014 Stutzer aslo attended a short residency at Nirox Art Foundation and consquently partook in the Nirox Winter Art Fair. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions since 2000 in South Africa as well as in Australia, France, India, Great Britain, and The Netherlands. Most recently, Stutzer received the SASDA award for most innovative Art Project in 3CR12 stainless steel for the installation ‘Sway’ (2014) situated in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Throughout my different bodies of work the connecting thread investigates ‘transience’. Wheather represented through sculptural form or painterly surface, or choice of material; my work tries to shed light on the the liminal and undefined areas of life. I search for the inbetween spaces, the related unscertainties and the renewal that these revelation offer.