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Lyrene Kühn-Botma is an artist and researcher working at the University of the Free State where her main subject in teaching is Printmaking. Here, all printmaking techniques are explored and experimented with, while she mainly focusses on screenprint and embossing techniques and developing lithography printing. She also incorporates and utilizes digital processes in her printmaking and as an artform, making larger scale digital drawings as well.
Her research on paper and digital media involves the investigation of personal contemporary grief and bereavement, specifically the individual and collective iterations created and followed in mourning. This interest in death studies is further shared with an interest in video games, and how these two disparate experiences (grief and play) connect in distinctive ways as newly created contemporary practices in mourning. These personal experiences are investigated to explore the visual ways in which experiences of loss and trauma have been communicated through the conduits available in technologically driven societies, and how these new experiences provide novel empathetic experiences of loss.