The Autumn 2019 issue of Southern Vines magazine features three South African artists, Andrew Ntshabele, Corné Eksteen and Mila Posthumus , each unique in their background and thematic concerns, create work that is thought-provoking and complex. From the effects of urbanisation to the intricate nature of identity and the nuance of social interaction, these artists’ pieces stir up a range of issues relevant to local and global audiences alike.
Mila Posthumus grew up in Cape Town and is currently based on a farm near Stellenbosch. She has exhibited her work, which has always reflected the South African landscape in some way, at various galleries in the area. Her work also appears in a permanent collection at the War Museum of the Boer Republic in Bloemfontein.
More recently, Mila has shifted her focus to include pieces of people. She is fascinated by human interaction and creates work that offers glimpses of private moments through her depictions of subtle facial expressions and posture. Mila works in oil on canvas, and paints on a variety of subjects. Her work reflects life as seen through her eyes and directed by her own experiences. Many of her pieces contain voyeuristic undertones, and there is sense that a story is being told through her attention to detail and carefully observed emotion.