Talitha Deetlefs was born in Heidelberg in 1980. She attended the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, where she studied painting and printmaking.
She relocated to Cape Town in 2003 and for four years worked in the film and decor industry. It was during this time that she developed a keen interest in sculpture and in 2007 accepted a position at an art foundry in Stellenbosch where she became familiar with all production and business aspects of sculpture creation and bronze casting. Her body of work was well-received when she started exhibiting in 2009 and her work can now be seen in select galleries and private collections worldwide.
Deetlefs pays tribute to the feminine spirit with her unique body of metal sculptures. The striking female figures give physical form to the strength, sensuality and sensitivity of the multi-faceted feminine identity. She explores the ways in which our identities as woman are formed by our personal and collective history, and how it relates to the notions of femininity expressed in modern society. She explores the ways in which mythology and the symbolic language can enrich our lives, enabling us to transcend popular culture and reveal our own beauty.
Deetlef’s prefered medium is a selection of new and salvaged sheet metal including lead, copper and aluminium. By using a variety of techniques she creates original sculptures using carefully selected sheets of metal. Applying the metal sheets in layers is a symbolic representation of the many layers of our history that shape our identities.
Deetlefs enjoys the fact that each piece of metal is one of a kind in texture, colour and even thickness which in turn yields a collection of exclusive works of art available in a limited series. Deetlefs also casts a selection of works in bronze by means of the lost-wax casting method.
EXHIBITIONS AND GALLERIES
Exhibiting at Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna Exhibiting at Grande Provence Gallery, Franschoek Exhibiting at Art Eye Gallery, Sandton What Lies Beneath,a group exhibition, Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate, Stellenbosch