Stephané E. Conradie, South African, b. 1990
Stephané E. Conradie (b. 1990) is a PhD candidate in Visual Arts and part-time lecturer in Art Education and printmaking at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Her work focuses on trying to make sense of her social and economic ‘situatedness’, in a South African context. She is interested in looking at the material culture she is surrounded by and how this relates to identity formation.
Conradie’s recent body of work focuses on objects found in lower middle and working class homes in South Africa. Though seemingly only used for aesthetic purposes or seen as common place, Conradie suggests that they could provide an important insight and contribution to an understanding of identity formation, by studying what people attach value to and how they create meaning in the private spheres of their homes. The home and the material culture it represents can also form micro representations of how we have encoded our understanding of the world and how this translates into our private domains.