Artist Statement The ocean intrigues me and it has become the subject of my work. I’m exploring the beaches and rock pools of the Paternoster area with its unique combinations of shapes, lines, colours and textures. Translating what I see here is the conceptual focus of my current work.
Biography Jooste is a contemporary South African visual artist living and working in an old workers’ cottage on a Strandveld plain outside the West Coast fishing village of Paternoster. Intrigued by the natural environment surrounding her, Jooste intuitively communicates her experiences of it through intricate, semi abstract works in oil and watercolour.
Born in Pretoria in 1983, Jooste grew up there and in 2006 obtained a BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Pretoria, specializing in expressive self-portraiture painting. The following year she was a finalist in the Absa L’Atelier Award and in 2008 part of the International Triennale of Contemporary Art in Prague. Illustration was added to her practice when Jooste launched her designer brand Things by Liebet in 2009. In 2011 she began exhibiting very detailed, quirky works on paper with a deeply personal narrative, which lead to her illustrating the cover artworks for Karen Zoid’s 2012 album, Zoid Afrika. In 2015 Jooste self-published her debut colouring book, The Colouring Book by Liebet and in 2017 Imagnary House published her second one, Liebetland: A Colouring Book.
Jooste moved to Betty’s Bay in the Overberg region of the Western Cape at the end of 2017. This long-awaited life by the sea had a significant influence on her work. Living right on the beach meant shore life became the theme as she began creating works that reflected her experience of this biodiverse coastal environment. After a year she moved up the coast to the West Coast Peninsula and so the vegetation surrounding her changed from Fynbos to Strandveld but she remains close to the Atlantic Ocean.
Situated slightly inland now, Jooste works in a small rustic home studio on a vast open veld with the ever-changing elements passing by and the sound of waves crashing in the distance. The shoreline of the West Coast Peninsula is now the subject of her work with her imagination fixed on the wildly poetic marine world that awaits her regular explorations.
Liebetland – Longstreet Art Lovers 1932, Pretoria
The Storytellers – Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria
Sight Of Sound – Fient Lifestyle Gallery, Pretoria
Re-Reading The Future / International Triennale of Contemporary Art – National Gallery, Prague
Behind Every Door Lies / Absa L’Atelier Award – Absa Building, Johannesburg
Somewhere – Magpie Gallery, Pretoria
Does this go with your furniture? / Fourth-year Fine Arts exam presentation. – University of Pretoria, Pretoria
White Elephants And Sweet Nothings – Potchefstroom Art Museum, Potchefstroom