Joani Groenewald

Published: 16.08.2022


Joani is a lecturer in the Visual Arts Department of Stellenbosch University, as well as a jewellery designer, goldsmith and artist. She sees her technical grounding, as a medium that allows her to make conceptual art. She graduated with a Bachelor in Visual Art (Creative Jewellery- and Metal Design) degree from Stellenbosch University in 2009. After graduation, she continued her technical training, and in 2011 she qualified as a goldsmith. In March 2015 she successfully completed her Master's in Visual Arts degree at Stellenbosch University. Currently, she is enrolled for a PhD in Jewellery and Object Design at PXL-MAD Hasselt and Stellenbosch University.
In 2018 Joani won the South African contemporary Jewellery awards and in 2019 she was awarded second place in the Jewellery category of the PPC Imaginarium Awards. 


In my creative practice, I draw connections between landscape, memory and language. My work aims to facilitate a critical representation of the South African landscape from a perspective that is sensitive towards the entangled nuances, histories and layers of meaning that are present in the landscape. I view the landscape as a visual text that can be translated through various multimodal practices. Such forms of multimodality resonate strongly with my creative practise, insofar as I rely on images of a specific landscape and translate these images into jewellery and/or sculptural pieces.
In this regard, I rely on the nature of the materials that I work with (such as mined minerals, stones, soil, glass and plastic) to question issues regarding landscape and culture specifically because of its origins, symbolic function and the political context that surrounds the extraction of natural recourses in previously colonised countries such as South Africa.

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Exhibition  25 Nov 2022 - 27 Nov 2022  Gradex. Stellenbosch Visual Arts Department Degree Show 2022.
Exhibition  11 Aug 2022 - 24 Sep 2022  Ten-sion. Ten art jewellers assemble..
Exhibition  13 Dec 2021 - 16 Dec 2021  Gradex. Stellenbosch Visual Arts Department Degree Show 2021.
Exhibition  10 Mar 2021 - 10 Apr 2021  Universiteit Stellenbosch University. Degree Show 2020.
Exhibition  11 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020  Tinsel Gallery at Frame 2020.
Exhibition  06 Dec 2019 - 11 Dec 2019  Universiteit Stellenbosch University. Degree Show 2019.
Exhibition  31 Oct 2019 - 30 Nov 2019  A Perfect Pair.
Tinsel Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Exhibition  13 Oct 2019 - 03 Nov 2019  Now Now.
Exhibition  07 Dec 2018 - 13 Dec 2018  Universiteit Stellenbosch University. Degree Show 2018. Gradex' 18.
Exhibition  18 Nov 2017 - 08 Dec 2017  100% New.
Exhibition  25 Nov 2016 - 07 Dec 2016  Universiteit Stellenbosch University. BA Degree Show 2016.
Exhibition  12 Nov 2016 - 02 Dec 2016  Portrait.