(b 1993South Africa. Lives and works in Cape Town)
Bert Pauw looks for both the quirky and gentler aspects of the world around him. Traversing between the social, political and personal, Pauw subtly transforms found objects in an attempt to enhance their personal and/or collective associations. For Pauw, found objects include “things you can buy at the mall”, and “the last thing left in the cupboard”. Beside his interest in the symbolism of these ‘ordinary’ objects, the simple processes and understated materials used to make the works are important to him him in a world of monumental sculptures, spiral jetties and multi-million-dollar skulls.