My imagination is inspired by nature. The natural world intrigues me and I’ve always loved engaging with it creatively. Exploring and reimagining South Africa’s wonderful Atlantic coastline is the conceptual focus of my current work.
Born in Pretoria on the 18th of July 1983, I grew up in the beautiful jacaranda lined Marais street in the suburb Bailey’s Muckleneuk. Our garden was big and very lush. I have fond memories of my parents coming back from the nursery on Saturdays and my two brothers and I playing in our very own jungle into the evenings. When I was twelve was very lucky to attend art classes with Michèle Nigrini and I still remember the sunflowers and tin wind mills in her Clydesdale garden. I walked to my preschool, primary school, high school and university where I studied Fine Arts.
Expressive self-portraiture painting was my focus and I did my dissertation on Frida Kahlo under the mentorship of Philip Badenhorst. I finished my degree in 2006.
The following year I was a finalist in the Absa L’Atelier Award and in 2008 part of the International Triennale of Contemporary Art in Prague. An escalated habit of drawing quirky characters turned, in 2009, into the T-Shirt brand I always wanted to create and I called it Things by Liebet.
In 2011 my drawings became clear personal narratives and very intricate. These works lead to me illustrating the cover artworks for Karen Zoid‘s 2012 album, Zoid Afrika. In 2015 I made my childhood dream of making a colouring book come true when I self-published The Colouring Book by Liebet which was then featured in The South African Artist , Weg and Go! magazines. It was also named one of Visi magazine’s picks of the week. In 2017 Imagnary House published my second one, Liebetland: A Colouring Book.
My dream of living by the sea came true in December 2017 when my partner Adél and I moved to Betty’s Bay in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. We have a family holiday home there called Woelwaters, where I’ve been going to my whole life, so it’s very close to my heart. Life amongst the fynbos and shorelife had a significant influence on my work and this was also the year I fell in love with watercolour painting.
By November 2018 we moved to the West Coast because Adél became head chef at Oep ve Koep in Paternoster. We live in a little cottage on a vast Strandveld plain a few kilometers outside the village. My imagination is again constantly moving between land and sea: The ever-changing elements pass by as I observe the landscape that surrounds me. The waves crash in the distance, calling me to walk the beaches and peep into the rock pools…which I happily do.
Stone Fish Studio and Gallery Paternoster exhibits my work in the village and I also have a second work space there.