Connochaetes gnou IV (2018)

Ink on Paper

305 mm x 229 mm


Zandri Oosthuysen is a South African artist and art historian. Born in the Eastern Cape and raised in Cape Town, she currently resides in Johannesburg. Oosthuysen studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, obtaining a Master’s degree in 2016 as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) in 2014. Whilst studying, she also lectured and tutored art history at Wits University. Oosthuysen specialises in painting, drawing, and photography – working primarily with ink, acrylics, and oils. Oosthuysen has had her work both commissioned and acquired for a number of individuals’ private collections. Her work currently engages with the notion of ‘Memento Mori’ – the Latin phrase meaning ‘remember, you will die’. This subject, closely related to Vanitas still life, was prevalent during the Renaissance and Baroque. The genre featured symbols pointing to mortality - encouraging reflection on the transience of life. With a current focus on antelope skulls indigenous to South Africa, rather than typical human skulls, her work situates this concept within a South African context. Oosthuysen uses their remains as a still life to contemplate mortality and to flesh out these ideas of life and death.