Personal expression is the bases of my work. Themes and mediums evolve but personal narrative remains my way of creative communication.
Driven by a lifelong instinct to explore my environment from an intimate perspective I’ve become obsessed with the world that lies within its intricacy.
The ocean is a great passion of mine and I spend hours walking its vast, ever-changing beaches and peeping into rock pools bursting with life. The colours, lines, subtle movements and odd textures and shapes are treasures to be discovered.
Communicating my experience of the Atlantic shoreline has become the conceptual focus of my work and I strive to inspire in the viewer a fresh personal connection with the marine environment.
Liebet Jooste is a contemporary South African environmental 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 communicates her experiences of it through intricate, semi abstract painted and illustrated works.
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 rustic home studio set in a vast open veld with the ever-changing elements passing by and the sound of the waves crashing in the distance. The shoreline is still the theme of her work as her imagination remains fixed on the wildly poetic marine world that awaits her regular explorations.
" On a misty day I hear the foghorn of Cape Columbine calling me to the water and at night the lighthouse reminds me that the ocean is just there. "