Isabelle Grobler

b.1982

Specialising in sculptural installation, drawing and printmaking, Isabelle Grobler’s work explores notions of hierarchies and power relations in a world scattered with economic and socio-political paradoxes. Using a variety of discarded and obsolete objects as a starting point, she creates surreal environments populated by hybrid machine-organisms constructed from urban debris.

The spaces she constructs in both her installations and drawings are dreamlike and alien: based on reality, but reconfigured by the unconscious, where recognisable things and ideas have been shuffled and reinterpreted to produce a Kafkaesque ambiguity. The sculptural characters vacillate, like Frankenstein’s monster, between the threatening and the pathetic, representing a transformation of dead things into unclassifiable beings.

Isabelle used a residency in Jaffa, Israel as a starting point to develop a body of work called ‘the cannibals’ congress’. This forms part of her ongoing project the cannibals' banquet where she explores the politics of consumption as a psychological and social human function. She is working towards a museum exhibition of this project in 2018.

Isabelle Grobler was born is Pretoria and grew up in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She spent her childhood years between the family farm and town. After starting out in a career as a Junior Springbok hockey player, an injury inspired a shift of focus, and she proved her versatility by completing her BA degree in Fine Art at the University of the Free State in 2009 and her Master of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2012 (cum laude). She was the overall winner of the African Continental juried Lovell Art Competition in 2014. She has exhibited in South Africa, the UK and Israel, in galleries and art fairs including a highly reviewed solo booth at Art15 London. She completed a 6-week residency with the Tiroche DeLeon Collection and START in Jaffa, Isreal, and has had a solo exhibition with Sulger-Buel Lovell in London. In 2016 a large scale drawing work was sold at auction in Paris at PIASA auction house.

Isabelle Grobler

Selected Works

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Latest Insights

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"Remarkable artworks"

"Remarkable artworks"

Isabelle Grobler
Reviews
10 Feb 2016

During her two month long stay in Israel, Isabelle Grobler, the second participant of the Tiroche DeLeon Residency program, evolved as an artist and created a new body of remarkable artworks.

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Passionpalette

Passionpalette

Isabelle Grobler
Reviews
29 Jun 2015

Review of Isabelle Grobler's solo at Art15 London by Daniel Cordiner

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ART15 LONDON ART FAIR | OUR FAVOURITE BOOTHS

ART15 LONDON ART FAIR | OUR FAVOURITE BOOTHS

Isabelle Grobler
Articles
03 Jun 2015

"Ultra Vie attended Art15 in London last week and composed an article of our favourite booths at the fair"

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Exhibitions

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a gnaw of cannibals

a gnaw of cannibals

Isabelle Grobler
London
01 Dec 2015 - 08 Jan 2016

LONDON, UK A solo exhibition by South African artist, Isabelle Grobler at Sulger-Buel Lovell  8 December 2015 - 8 January 2016 Opening reception 8 ...

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Publications

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PIASA Auction Catalogue

PIASA Auction Catalogue

Nú Barreto, Neill Wright, Isabelle Grobler
Publication
17 Nov 2016

2nd Specialist sale of Contemporary African art in Paris

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