As a land artist, Strijdom van der Merwe generally uses the materials found on a chosen site. These sculptural forms take shape in relation to the landscape. Using his pocket knife to scratch away a thin layer of moss on the bark of the trees, the artist created a very unique installation in Kamiyama, Japan.
Van der Merwe’s process is based on working with the natural environment. By using what is found on site and then shaping these elements into geometrical forms until it gradually integrates with the natural environment again.
Born in 1961, Van der Merwe resides in Stellenbosch. Amongst others, he was a recipient of the Jackson Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; won the Medal of Honor from the South African Academy of Arts and Science; and was a winner of the It’s LIQUID International Contest – First Edition 2012. Italia, for Sculpture and Installation.
Exhibitions and commissions by invitation have been done in South Korea, Turkey, Belgium, France, Sweden, Lithuania, Japan, USA, Australia, Germany, Kenya, England the Netherlands, USA, Italy, Finland, Malta, Belgium and Norway. He has held many personal exhibitions in various art galleries in the past years and his work has been bought by numerous private and public collectors locally and abroad.