Mareli Esterhuizen is a photographer inspired by the narrative potential of form, colour and texture. Her recent works exploit the tension created by juxtaposing objects from unusual contexts within scenes dominated by vibrant colour accents. Her working process is very intuitive. Ideas may be sketched before shooting begins but the final product is informed by a spontaneous, truthful and sensitive approach to subject.
Esterhuizen’s inspirations and formats often change but her clean, contemporary aesthetic remains a trademark of her work. She cites Nick Knight, Robert Frank and Christian Boltanski among her influences. She likes to respond to the unexpected moments in her creative process when creating new contexts for seemingly arbitrary objects or exploiting the awkwardness of the relationships that emerge in her theatrical photographic stage. Clear references to fashion photography are subverted in her compositions that through a harmony of form function as playful meditations on the visual relationships in everyday life.
Mareli Esterhuizen works in Cape Town at Salon91 as a co-curator and runs a small photographic school after hours called School of Light. She studied photography at NMMU in Port Elizabeth and held her debut exhibition at Dirt Contemporary as part of a residency programme. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions both locally and abroad.