Leonora Venter

Leonora holds a BA (Fine Arts) from NWU. Her art practice comprises works on paper using pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, and watercolour. She enjoys the variety and challenges of printmaking processes, and uses etching, drypoint, aquatint, linocut and monoprint to achieve an intensity of linework and a diversity of tones and textures.

In her artwork, Leonora explores aspects of social realities, using discarded or damaged fragments of nature as metaphors: broken trees, driftwood, birds’ skeletons, and frequently, nests. For Leonora, a nest represents the home, both a comforting shelter, but potentially the source of severe personal upheaval and distress. Other natural elements represent human displacement and refer to the melancholic beauty found in discarded objects, undervalued in our world.

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