Alice Gauntlett

Alice Gauntlett is a Cape Town based artist who completed her Honours and MFA (2013) at Michaelis School of Fine Art. She obtained her postgraduate teaching diploma in 2014 and is currently pursuing her PhD in African Studies at UCT. Gauntlett was a Merit Award Winner at the ABSA L’ Atelier in 2011 and exhibited with ABSA at the KKNK (2014). She is currently making work and tutoring at Michaelis.



  • micropore, packaging tape, stockings, hot glue, jumbo prints, cotton thread


Artist Statement

"My work is concerned with the disruption of photographs. This process of disruption first occurs within the photograph itself through motion blur and cropping obscuring the subject matter.  I then attempt to disrupt the physicality of photographs through the process of working with photographs as material for collages. I re-mediate photographs that I have taken along with other materials through a process-performance of collaging. I physically reconfigured my work by cutting up photographs, stitching them, or covering them in stockings, masking tape, micropore and bandages. In some works I submerge the surface with glue.  I re-imagine the images collectively, often cropping and layering. Works from the project Out-of-Place show a fractured and fracturing view of the relationship between the body and home space. This is negotiated/renegotiated through various actions, or performances; the performance of the body in the space which is then documented; and the performance of transformation of the photographs through my sticking, cutting and stitching them.  As I fracture my space and body so do I try to cosset and repair it. My new work has shifted to focus on the body. I am currently interested not in locating a body within a space but the body as a space surrounded by skin. 



Here/There: A Conversation between Michaelis and Wits Masters 2013. Group Show. 2013. Michaelis Gallery

Post Colonial Africa. Curated Group show. 2014. ABSA Gallery at KKNK

Urban Wonderland. Group Show.2014. Kalk BayModern

Art Meets Alice Gauntlett. Solo Exhibition . 2014. Art Meets Camera

Constructions, GRID Cape Town Photography Biennial 2015. The Castle of Good Hope

Out-Of-Place. Solo Exhibition. 2015. Michaelis Gallery

Art Meets Camera ON SITE2015. 91 Loop (Cape Town)

Art Meets Camera: Mechanisms of Memory 2015. Joburg Fringe


ABSA KKNK exhibitor 2014

Merit Award Winner at the ABSA L’ Atelier in 2011