Following her study at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town, South Africa, Heike has pursued art full time and now works from her home studio in the Franschoek SA. Here she is inspired by the people in the surrounding communities and, in particular, the history and stories of the women in this area. Heike aims to explore the beauty and strength, vulnerability and complexities of being a women in this country at this time in history.
Heike has been captivated by the recessive gene that manifests in light blue and green eyes and is prevalent in many people – testimony to a complex history between the farmers and workers in this area. She is exploring the complexities in the communities around this physical manifestation of their history and people’s reactions and feelings regarding it. This directly relates back to the subversive role of women in this society – the duality of reverence and abuse.
Heike works on both canvas and paper and her preferred medium is acrylic and ink, sometimes incorporating gold leaf.