Lives and works in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Izette Roos works as a sculptor and image maker in mixed media. Mostly with the use of wood products, acrylics and ceramics.
Roos’s body of work explores the realm of the everyday mundane objects through the use of graphic images. She gives her flat yet three-dimensional work vivid cartoonlike colouring as a way to simplify her subject matter. Her work plays on ordinary yet iconic cultural signifiers, a sort of cultural artefact. Meaning that these objects become symbols for the things we hold up as important and significant. She invites the onlooker to engage with the feeling of familiarity but also the strangeness of the juxtaposition in which seemingly separate ideas are used together.
"Comando", artwork done in wood, board and acrylic paint, size 1meter by 1.5 meters
(top image) "A Storm was Brewing", artwork done in wood, board and acrylic paint, size 1.8 meters by 1.8 meters
Izette studied sculpture, photography and ceramics at TUT, then known as Pretoria Technikon from 1995 to 1998. Her work has only been shown within the South African context.
She has curated and participated in numerous art shows in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Potchefstroom and Grahamstown. Her work is included in the MAPSA (Modern Art Project South Africa) collection, with whom she has done two solo exhibitions and a group show.