The Life Of Jane Alexander Essay

1183 words - 5 pages

Jane Alexander was born in Johannesburg in 1959. From a very young age she started showing great artistic talent, and is now one of South Africa's most acknowledged sculptors. She studied at the University of Witwatersrand and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art degree in 1982. That same year, she was the winner of the National Fine Arts Student Competition as well as the Martienssen Student Prize. In 1988 she completed her Masters in Fine Art. She had initially started her degree majoring in painting, but eventually changed to sculpture as she found it much more appealing and realized that she was more suited to it. At university, Alexander was exposed to information about the political situation in South Africa through students' underground organizations and activities, and this contributed greatly to her work.When growing up in the suburbs, Alexander had been shielded from everyday police- and street violence. However, when she moved to city of Braamfontein in order to be closer to her university, she was faced with reality and was directly confronted with these aspects of society. At the same time, the political situation in the 1970's was changing, and black consciousness had become very noticeable - the 1976 Soweto uprising had been an eye-opener for many people. Despite the fact that Alexander, herself, was not politically active and did not contribute to the struggle in any way, her work was extremely influenced by the socio-political situation in South Africa at the time. Her work clearly responds to the violence in South Africa during these years, and because of this she is seen as one of West Coast African Angel, '85 the most important artists of the Resistance.After completing her degree, Alexander went to a school in Rehoboth, Namibia to teach English. She now lives in a flat in Long Street in the centre of Cape Town from where, on her balcony, she has a view of the old Cape architecture, as well as bookshops, antique stores and sex shops. In 1995 Jane Alexander was the winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Fine Art. This award is given to people who are acknowledged as being important artists within the South African art scene. In 1996 she was the joint winner of the First National Bank Artist of the Year award with Kevin Brand. Probably her most famous piece, "The Butcher Boys, 1985", is in permanent exhibition at the South African National Gallery, and is the most popular contemporary piece in the collection. It was made while Alexander was still in the process of completing her Masters degree at Wits. In 1995, it was chosen by Jean Clair for his show "Identita e Alterita" ("Identity and Alterity") in the Palazzo Grassi at the Venice Biennale.Jane Alexander is currently the senior lecturer in sculpture, photography and drawing at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, the University of Cape Town. She also is the proud mother of a baby boy.Jane Alexander never gives any comment about her works, and therefore we have to...

Find Another Essay On The life of Jane Alexander

The Life and Career of Jane Austen

1065 words - 5 pages relation to her personal life. However, Jane’s sister-whom she was very close to- cared deeply about keeping her personal life private and destroyed the remaining letters after her death. But even still, Jane’s novels bring to life much of her personal feelings and past relationships. Thirdly, Jane’s dynamic of writing was very interesting. Jane was much of an observer. She was the first writer to center her works on the humor of family life in

The Life of Alexander the Great (Written from Alexander the Great's Perspective)

1816 words - 7 pages A conqueror is someone who uses powerful military forces to take ownership of vast amounts of land. A great example of a conqueror is Julius Caesar of the great Roman Empire. Julius Caesar conquered much of Gaul (Modern day France). Another good example of a conqueror is Alexander the great. Alexander had held land from Macedonia to the borders of the Indus valley. Through the conquest of Egypt, Persia, and the northern borders of India

The Complex Life of Jane Austen

732 words - 3 pages identity was revealed by her brother, Henry, after her death on July 18, 1817. Throughout her life experiencing the societal treatment of women, having a comprehensive “women’s” education, and growing up with an encouraging and trusting family greatly influenced Austen’s ability to write without boundaries During the late 1700’s, Great Britain, along with most of the world, was an example of a mainly masculine society. Austen grew up in a world

This essay is about the life of Alexander the Great

1917 words - 8 pages Alexander the Great's relation to triumph is obvious; he created an army which took over most of the known world. But what is not known widely is how tragic his life was. I cannot do full justice to his life but I will do my best to describe it. When Alexander was a child his parents were constantly fighting and his father was usually away on campaigns, so he rarely saw him when he was young. He therefore was usually under his mother's

Alexander Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

1247 words - 5 pages This assignment is based on Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Through a creative approach, I will be demonstrating some of the aspects of Solzhenistsyn’s text. I will be inserting a scene in which Shukhov, the protagonist, is sitting outside, adjusting his boots. This text is full of a plethora of literary techniques and symbols but the aim of my piece is to specifically demonstrate the stylistic feature of time

The Age of Alexander

2201 words - 9 pages The Age of Alexander The conquests of Alexander the Great spread Hellenism immediately over the Middle East and far into Asia. After his death in 323 B.C., the influence of Greek civilization continued to expand over the Mediterranean world and W Asia. The wars of the Diadochi marked, it is true, the breakup of Alexander's brief empire, but the establishment of Macedonian dynasties in Egypt, Syria, and Persia (the Ptolemies and the Seleucidae

Jane Jacob’s The Life and Death of American Cities

2113 words - 8 pages History is regarded as imperative in our understanding of the social attitudes and contex¬¬t on how design function within society and by evaluating these values, we are able to create room for possibilities and changes. In Jane Jacob’s publication of “The Death and Life American Cities,” in 1962, she undermines the conventions of urban planning that bought prominence to New Urbanism movement, playing a pivotal role in today’s planning of the

Alexander III of Macedon: Life and Achievements

1295 words - 6 pages The story of human civilizations since the dawn of man is told not only by the great achievements which have shaped history, but also by the men and women whose legacies will be remembered for as long as there exist people to relate them. Arguably, one of the most important of those great personalities was Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great. This paper will examine the life and achievements of Alexander and describe

Alexander the Great's life and accomplishments

831 words - 3 pages The Life of Alexander the GreatAt the age of twenty years old, Alexander's reign of the Macedonian throne began in 336 B.C. following the death of his father, Philip II. Olympias, Alexander's mom, was thought to have assassinated her own husband so that the throne would be prepared for her son. When Alexander became King, he wanted to do great things so that everyone would know that he is King. From the beginning of his reign, he always had a

A brief biography dating the major events in the life of Alexander the Great

1044 words - 4 pages Alexander the Great is, arguably, the most famous secular figure in history. His magnetism in life was rivaled only by his magnetism in death, and the story of his career has evoked vastly different interpretations in his age and ours. Young romantic hero or megalomaniac villain? Alexander III of Macedon conquered all who stood before him, but usually in order to free the lower class. He did more to spread the Hellenistic culture than anyone

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

1263 words - 5 pages Alexander Solzhenitsyn's purpose in episodes one and two of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is to develop Ivan Denisovich Shukhov as a mediator for personal views and then to present those views on life, prison, and authority to the reader. This purpose is accomplished by the author's use of characterization, symbolism, and aphorism. The reader's knowledge of Shukhov is almost as restricted as the rules set forth in Shukhov's prison, and

Similar Essays

The Butcher Boys By Jane Alexander

2130 words - 9 pages The Butcher Boys by Jane Alexander On a small wooden bench, in a quiet room of the Cape Town art gallery, sit three statues better suited to the dark catacombs of a Stephen King novel. Jane Alexander's Butcher Boys are the most frightening pieces of art I have ever seen. The three sit innocently on a bench amongst fine English portraits lining the walls, their pitch-black, glassy eyes staring sightlessly back at the

The Life Of Alexander The Great

714 words - 3 pages Alexander the Great There in the city of Pella Macedonia lays a young captor named Alexander the Great. He was a great horror to the Persians as he destroyed them for revenge of the destruction of Athens. In his life time he destroyed, conquered, and gained power of the nations around him. As it started getting better, things took a turn for the worse. As he crumpled up, his kingdom did as well. Alexander the Great was a ruler, fighter, and a

The Life & Times Of Alexander The Great

1517 words - 6 pages Alexander has even taken on a superhumanaura, and manyunbelievable legends have been based on his life.When Julius Caesar visited Alexandria, he asked to see the body of the greatest warriorof all time-Alexander the Great. Such was Alexander's reputation, able to impress even the powerful Caesar.He was,without a doubt, one of the most remarkable men that ever walked the face of this Earth. And thisis the storyof his life.1The Life and Times of

The Life Of Jane Austen Essay

1573 words - 7 pages The Life of Jane Austen The life of Jane Austen is a very interesting story and many would say that Jane Austen wasn’t like the rest. She was an English novelist who was not only successful but also very quiet about her writings and publishments; most of her novels were not open to the public during her lifetime. She was born on December 16th of the year 1775, and she was the seventh child to a well known clergyman and wife. Jane was not