SANAVA x Cité Internationale des Arts Benefit Auction

Timed Online Auction, 7 - 21 February 2023

SANAVA x Cité Internationale des Arts Benefit Auction

Sold for

ZAR 8 208
Lot 11
  • Diek Grobler; I am in Total Control of Myself
  • Diek Grobler; I am in Total Control of Myself
  • Diek Grobler; I am in Total Control of Myself

Lot Estimate
ZAR 8 000 - 12 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 8 208

About this Item

Diek Grobler
South African 1964-
I am in Total Control of Myself

signed and dated 2013

digital collage (single edition giclée print)
79 by 79cm excluding frame; 94 by 94 by 4cm including frame


Artist's Bio

Diek Grobler’s art practice covers a variety of media and disciplines. He is an exhibiting fine artist, has illustrated children’s books, and directed and produced short, animated films. His films have been included in more than 40 international festivals and he has received four international awards. His fine art practice often reflects his interest in the moving image.

Artist's Statement

The work reflects our vulnerability and lack of control over our own bodies and our own destiny. The title is ironic, of course, and comments on our determination to present a front to the world which suggests that we are okay, that we have everything under control. In 2012 I was involved in a serious traffic accident. People died and I broke my back. A perfectly ordinary day was turned into a radically life-altering event by random forces out of my control. The physical impact killed and caused bodily harm. The latter healed to some extent, but the mental impact remains. The medium reflects the theme of brokenness, of the randomness, of factors and forces that determine what happens next and how we are suspended from this balloon which we perceive as our reality.

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