South African born and Miami based artist Anja Marais creates in a wide range of disciplines and materials. Her work establishes the relationship between disrupted landscapes and displacement. In her work, she indexes the trek of the pilgrim, refugee, pioneer, and the exiled. Challenging the man-made borders of geography and culture.

Her two and three-dimensional ensembles are mixing archaic materials and found objects. Using rust, wood, molder fabrics, and earth, to reference her interest in ancestors that moved across uncharted sea, steppe, ice, desert, and forest. Her process of combining manipulated photographs on deconstructed structures gives reinterpretations to our transactions with nature and our translations of cultural inheritance.


Unit 2639 #A

The Crossing, 2015, Mixed Media on Found Fabric, Soil and Found Objects, 73in x 115in x 20in
The Storm, 2014, Photo-montage Mixed Media and Found Objects, 87in x 89in