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Preller was born in Johannesburg and obtained her BA (Fine Arts) from UNISA in 1995 and her MA (Fine Arts) in 2001 from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She lives and works in Johannesburg.

Preller’s still lifes are silent, relatively monochromatic renderings of everyday objects, defamiliarised by the ambiguities and ambivalences that occur in the process of photography and its translation into paint. Photographic mediation is made visible by means of the negation of visible brush marks, reinforcing a surface that is at once photographic and painterly. The tension between the snapshot, as source material and the painting is effected by means of the deliberate photographic data – specifically the simplification and intensification of shadow and light.

“My paintings bear the imprint of the mechanical and impersonal language of the camera, becoming a means of altering the familiar. In this way photography is acknowledged as not simply reproducing the objects that surround us, but also as recycling or displacing it, setting it as a double remove.”



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Still life with apples,
oil on canvas, 70 x 80cm, 2006
Wayne Cahill Barker   Gerhard Harald Batha   Walter Whall Battiss   Deborah Margaret Bell   Bongi Bengu   Willie Bester
Peter John Bonney   Willem Hendrik Adriaan Boshoff   Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi   Norman Catherine   Erika Hibbert   Phillemon Hlungwani
Robert Griffiths Hodgins   William Kentridge   John Kramer   Speelman Mahlangu   Colbert Mashile   Clare Menck
John Mark Moore   Zwelethu Mthethwa and Sam Nhlengethwa   Olbie Olberholzer   Walter Oltmann   Milwa Mnyaluza George Pemba   Uwe Pfaff
Karin Preller   Dan Rakgoathe   Albert Redelinghuys   Jürgen Schadeberg   Lucky Sibiya   Jaco Sieberhagen
Lionel Smit   Richard John Smith   Angus Taylor   Alfred Thoba   Andrew Verster   Edoardo Villa