Artist Profile


Susan Woolf

Susan Woolf

Symbolism, meaning and communication are intrinsic to Woolf’s artwork which is generally historically or socially based.
Woolf’s work on view on the Mandela @ 90 exhibition (Constitutional Court 2008) relates to her solo exhibition Towards Mandela which was held at the King Plow Center in Atlanta in 1997. This was organised through Fulton County Arts Council, Leadership Atlanta and 100 Black Men. Woolf was the Project manager of South African Art to Atlanta, Common and Uncommon Ground for the 1996 Cultural Olympiad.
Her installation Healing and 30 Art Books were exhibited in Museum Africa 1997 – 1998. A five storey high aluminium kinetic Mobile City for Absa Bank was a collaboration with two architects, Levin and Cawood in 1999. Woolf is documenting Taxi hand signs in South Africa for sighted and blind people. It is the subject matter for an exhibition in 2010 and towards her current thesis in Anthropology and Art at Wits University. An A6 Taxi Hand Book has been published. Woolf’s Taxi hand sign artwork has been accepted for the National Stamp of South Africa for 2010.

The macquette of a 30meter wide outdoor sculpture entitled Witness for Ubuntu is a composite of eleven outdoor sculptures. These cast shadows which collectively read “UBUNTU” throughout the year, every day, at a specific time. Woolf was honoured by the ‘Ampersand Foundation’ and received a Fellowship to study in New York. She has had numerous other exhibitions in galleries and museums in South Africa and abroad and has artwork in major corporate and private collections.

Susan Woolf : Short Biography 1992 - 2008

July 1992: Solo exhibition, Karen McKerron Gallery, “Crisis”, Johannesburg. September 1992: Exhibited at Newtown Gallery, Springs Arts Festival.Johannesburg. October 1992: Solo exhibition “Hostel Crisis”, Carter Presidential Center, Atlanta . February 1994: Exhibition at theatre performance “Mayibuye i Africa”, Atlanta USA. March 1994: Solo exhibition, Sanlam Bellville Art Gallery, Cape Town. July 1994: Exhibition, Metropolotan Life Gallery, Cape Town. 12 April 1996-7 June 1996: Project Director of “South African Art to Atlanta, Common & Uncommon Ground” in the City Gallery East (Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs) during the Cultural Olympiad, 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. 7 November 1996–January 1997: Exhibition “Condition/Response” at Simmons Visual Arts Center of Bernau University. Atlanta. 13 November 1996 - 13 January 1997: Solo exhibition, “Towards Mandela” King Plow Art Center, Atlanta. 14 August 1997 - 15 October 1997: Exhibited at B’nai B’rith Klutznic National Jewish Museum, in Washington DC. “Realm Between Realms, Histories Between Histories.” September 1997: Lifetimes South African Art in Munich, Germany. 27 September 1997 - November 1997:Exhibited in Fifty Stories, at the Top of the Carlton. A Johannesburg Biennale fringe exhibition. 13 October 1997 - 13 November 1997: Solo exhibition in the Carlton Centre in collaboration with The New Housing Company. October 1997: Exhibited resin art works “Towards Mandela” in the Bannister Art Gallery of Rhode Island College in New York. 13 November 1997 - 13 February 1998: Solo exhibition of the Healing installation and Art Books in Museum Africa. 14 July 1998 – 4 August 1998: Exhibited in Buttons, Civic Art Gallery, Johannesburg. August 1998: Fellowship in New York through the Ampersand Foundation of SA. 15 October 1999 to 15 November 1999: Created, with two architects Cawood and Levin, the Mobile City sculpture for ABSA Towers North building. February 2000: Exhibited “Is this your Face? No! It is the Face of your Mother and Father” with recipients of the Ampersand Foundation Award (residency in New York) at the Civic Art Gallery in Johannesburg. Feburary 2000: Completed a sculpture commission for law firm Edward Nathan & Friedland. February 2001 - 2001: Exhibited in “Apartheid and Today”, Kennesaw State University, during its Year of South Africa, Atlanta. May 2002: Completed the Degree of Master of Technology in Fine Arts, cum laude, at the Technicon Witwatersrand. August 2002: Awarded Best Presentation for a Research Project by the TWR. November 2003: Exhibited “Mapping Generations” with fellows of the Ampersand Foundation Award, at Warren Siebrit’s Modern and Contemporary Gallery in Johannesburg. November 2004: Exhibited sculpture with shadow entitled “Table of contents” in an exhibition “Oppitafel” 111 at The Art Space in Johannesburg. November 2005: Charcoal drawings War and Sport exhibited in the ………gallery in Atlanta.G.A.
Feburary 2006: Woman of Worth Mural on exhibition at the Mason Murer gallery in Atlanta G.A.
Presently researching two diverse art ventures: Firstly: A wooden maquette has been hand carved for an out door metal sculpture. It consists of a composite of 11 aluminium outdoor sculptures 4m high and 30m across. Entitled Witness for Ubuntu, the ‘witnesses’ cast shadows which collectively read “UBUNTU” throughout the year, every day, at a specific time.
Secondly: After two years research, Woolf has published a unique booklet on Taxi hand Signals for both blind and sighted people and is currently working on this as a major art project towards an exhibition in Johannesburg 2010. The artwork and theme of Taxi hand signs have been chosen for the South African National Stamp for 2010.
Exhibitions pending:
July 01 2008: Participating in an exhibition at the Constitutional Court entitled Mandela @ 90 December 2008: Solo exhibition at the Art Space gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Exhibitions: Atlanta, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Munich, New York, Washington.