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False Security, 2009

False Security, 2009

False Security, 2009
Metal camper, paper, yarn, zippers,
foam, taxidermy teeth
9' x 12' x 8'

Photo by Karley Klopfenstein (dogs)
and Lynne Bentley-Kemp (trailer)

Anja Marais

Anja Marais’ work is at once beautiful and unsettling.  This installation, which features paper dog-like creatures with disturbingly real teeth, is not what one would expect to see in a cheerful pink trailer decorated with elaborate Victorian wallpaper.  Tapping into dark myths and pathos, Marais’ work feels like a fairy tale--not the Disney variety, but the bloody, hairy, long-fingered kind that lives in nightmares.

Marais was born and raised in South Africa where she received her BA(FA) at the University of South Africa.  Since moving to the States, she has shown her work in solo and group shows nationally. Her work is clearly a reflection of her provenance with the merger of colonial Victorian elements and African folklore.  In 2008, one of her works was made into a 20’ inflatable sculpture for Art Basel Miami Beach as part of the Giants in the City project.  Marais lives in Key West, FL.

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