Wilma Cruise is a South African sculptor and visual artist living and working in the Cape. She has completed her doctorate in 2016 at the University of Stellenbosch. Working mainly with fired clay she creates forms of life-sized human and animal figures.The concepts and themes she explores in her sculptures (bronze and ceramic), prints and drawings include: the interface between humans and animals and existential conditions of muteness – silent, internal battles in the search for meaning.
Cruise has had many solo exhibitions and has participated in a number of grou shows. She has been involved in the curation of exhibitions and in addition has completed a number of public works including the National Monument to the Women of South Africa at the Union Buildings, Pretoria and The Memorial to the Slaves, in collaboration with Gavin Younge, in Cape Town. Being a fellow of Ceramics South Africa and writes extensively in the field.
Her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections throughout South Africa. She has participated in the Havana Biennale, the Florence Biennale and the prestigious 7th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in Seoul, Korea.
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