Stefanie studied communication design, fine art, and photography at The Open Window School of Visual Communication, Pretoria (1999 – 2001). With a special interest in photography, she furthered her studies at the National College of Photography in Pretoria, where she graduated with a joint best portfolio award, (2004). After her studies, she started a commercial photography studio and was represented by Shine Photographers Johannesburg, (2005 – 2007). In 2008, Stefanie moved to the UK where she studied for a diploma in Transpersonal Integrative Psychotherapy at the Centre for Counseling and Psychotherapy Education in London, (2009 – 2013). This experience of an in-depth inquiry into the human psyche informs her work as a fine art photographer. In June 2015 Stefanie returned to South Africa. She has been a full-time artist since 2015. She participated in a number of group exhibitions in galleries and art festivals around South Africa. Stefanie’s work has been published in photographic journals and magazines both in print and online from around the world. Her work has been featured on numerous online galleries.
An octopus has three hearts
I am symbolically exploring the intense transformative experience of having a child, and the way my relationship changed towards myself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I wanted to express this in a visually poetic way with images inspired by what I was and am processing.
Discovering an octopus has three hearts felt significant for the theme of this series. Becoming a mother challenges you to grow extra hearts and can feel deeply profound and very frightening at the same time. When giving birth our deepest animal instinct awakens and this carries us as mothers.
In this series, I’m also exploring how the mother-child relationship changes over time. Birth and death are dual aspects of the same process.