Inside the Studio

Daniel A du Preez’s sculptures aim to explore the complexity of the universe

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?

At the moment I am fascinated and sometimes obsessed with the unseen organisms, cells, and atoms that surrounds us. It  is like a portal to a new universe that forms part of a different dimension, yet is also part of our daily lives and survival. My artworks demonstrates my perception of this concept.

The universe and all its complex patterns and rhythms are unexplainable to all humanity, therefore I like to produce artworks  to explain them and share my findings for the world to see. These unexplained findings produces unexpected artworks.

My fascination with the arts started many years ago, when as a little boy I discovered that colour and shape would make my parents look twice to make sure that what they were looking at was real. From that moment I always tried to create something unexpected to get that reaction from everyone who appreciates art.

I love working with paper as my dominant medium, as paper can transform from one dimensional to a three dimensional shape just by folding a flat sheet of paper. I like to surprise my audience by providing an unusual shape that is almost hypnotic to view. By using paper as an unexpected medium, it can send the brain into an unknown pattern of thinking that will change the outcome of its reality completely. This means the brain will start producing chemicals that will start thinking positively and inspire creativity.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Never give up and always think outside the box frame!

Prefer to work with music or in silence?

I like having conversations with my cat while working, but often prefer silence.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

Without a doubt, This is how you sit correctly 1982 by Sigmar Polke, speaks to me.

Who are your favorite writers?

To be honest I don’t actually read a lot. I only read to gather information about a particular subject. I have tried many times to read, but often my mind wanders.

About the Author

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