WILMA CRUISE

BIOGRAPHY

WILMA CRUISE

(b. Johannesburg, South Africa)

Wilma Cruise is a South African sculptor and visual artist. She works mainly with fired clay in her renderings of life-sized human and animal figures. Her sculpture installations and exhibitions are often accompanied by works on paper – large format drawings. She has also completed several series of print editions. A number of her ceramic sculptures have been successfully translated into bronze editions.

Themes explored in Cruise’s work include the interface between humans and animals and existential conditions of muteness – silent, internal battles in the search for meaning.

Cruise has had over twenty solo exhibitions, the latest being a series of six exhibitions entitled, The Alice Sequence. She has curated others and 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 Cape Town. 

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.


Cruise completed her doctoral studies at the University of Stellenbosch in 2016. The title of her thesis is: “Thinking with Animals: An exploration of the animal turn through art making and metaphor”. Cruise is a fellow of Ceramics South Africa and writes extensively in the field of ceramics

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020    

1984: Fight or Flight? Apocalypse Now, Everard Read, Cape Town

2019    

Some are More Equal than Others, RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel

2016    

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Gallery University Stellenbosch

The 8th Square, Cavalli Gallery, Cavalli Wine Estate, Somerset West

2015     

Advice from a Caterpillar,  David Krut Projects, Arts on Main, Johannesburg, South Africa
Clay Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

2014     

Menagerie at Tokara, The sculpture garden at Tokara Wine Estate, Curated by Ilse Schemers

2013/14 

Will you, won’t you, will you join the dance? National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2012     

The Alice Diaries, Circa on Jellicoe, Johannesburg, South Africa

2011     

Wilma Cruise at Wildekrans Country House, Houhoek, South Africa
Alice and The Animals, University of the North West Art Gallery, Potchefstroom, South Africa
The Animals in Alice,  iArt Gallery, Wembley Square, Cape Town, South Africa

2008
     

SPLIT LON.NY.JHB, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa

2006
     

Cruise at Krut: Wilma Cruise Works on Paper, Johannesburg, South Africa

2001     

HYS. SUSP. text/image/sound. Millennium Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

2000   
  

rapRACK, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1998     

Mirroring ourselves (with Regi Bardavid), AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

1997    

Continuous projection,  African Window Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

1996      

John’s wife, First Gallery, Parkhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa

1993     

Nicholas - October 1990, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016     

Opening Gallery Exhibition, CIRCA Gallery, London, UK
Winter Collection, Group Show, Everard Read Gallery, South Africa

2015     

(In) The Nature of Things, FynArts Festival, Hermanus, South Africa
Slow Violence, GUS, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Princess in the Veld, Curated by Adele Adendorff, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Outshoorn, South Africa
Carved Relief Print Group Exhibition, David Krut Projects Johannesburg, South Africa
Summer Sculpture III, Everard Read, Mt Nelson, Cape Town, South Africa

2014     

Play, Nirox, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013     

7th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea
Everard Read Centenary Exhibition, Johannesburg, South Africa

Re-envisioning the Anglo-Boer (South African) War, Curated by Angela de Jesus and Janine Allen. Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery and The War Museum of the Boer Republics, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Figuration and Negation, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, South Africa

2012

The Rainbow Nation: Contemporary Sculpture from South Africa, Beelden aan Zee and Lange Voorhout, The Hague, Holland

2011     

Selected Editions and Works on Paper, David Krut Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
Horse: Multiple Views of a Singular Beast, Curated by Ricky Burnett. Circa on Jellicoe, South Africa
Wilma Cruise, Frikkie Eksteen and Robert Hodgins. Curated by Basie Botha. Trent Gallery at Cameo Framers, Pretoria

2010
     

HERITAGE 2010, Curated by Albie Bailey, Paarl
Painters who Print, The Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschhoek, South Africa

Bodies in Transition. Curated by Elfrieda Dreyer. Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, South Africa

2009     

The Urban Animal, Curated by Sonja Britz and Ann-Marie Tully, ABSA Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa
3, with Guy du Toit and Gordon Froud, NaudeModern, Pretoria, South Africa

2008     

Space Fusion Artspace, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007     

Montage, Resolution Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Sculpture Garden, Grande Provence, Franschoek, South Africa
Little Deaths, (with Elfrieda Dreyer and Guy du Toit curated by Elfrieda Dreyer) Fried Contemporary, Pretoria South Africa


2006 
    

Roles/Robes, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, South Africa
Home Sweet Home, Strijdom Gallery, George, South Africa

2005     

Works on paper: Collaborative Prints from David Krut Print Workshop, Franchise, Johannesburg, South Africa
David Krut Collaborations: 25 Years of Prints and Multiples, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

2002     

Male Order, Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Touring exhibition 
Manuscript Exhibition 4, Boekehuis, Johannesburg, South Africa

2001     

Biennale Internazionale Dell’arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
Observations (with Guy du Toit and Dianne Victor), The Open Window Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

2000     

Water Colour Society of South Africa, (Guest Exhibitor). Norscot Manor, South Africa

 

AS CURATOR

2004     

Earthworks/Claybodies, (Deborah Bell, Wilma Cruise, Guy du Toit, Petros Gumbi), Sasol Art Museum, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

2003     

Earthworks/Claybodies, (Deborah Bell, Wilma Cruise, Guy du Toit, Josephine Ghesa). Pretoria Art Museum and Standard Bank Gallery

1999     

(Re)figuring abstraction, (Regi Bardavid, Jenni Stadler, Pascual Tarazona), Sandton Civic Gallery, South Africa

1995     

Space/(Dis)Place, Africus Biennale, Johannesburg, (as artist and curator)

1992     

Edges. Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg (as artist and curator)

1991     

The contemporary vessel, Karen McKerron Gallery, Bryanston, (as artist and curator) 

 
RESIDENCIES AND WORKSHOPS

2009     

Artspace Mentorship Programme Mentor: Wilma Cruise. Mentee: Louis Olivier 19 to 30 September

2007     

Lower Eastside Printshop, New York, March (supported by David Krut Projects)
Guest, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Guest Rhodes Univerisity, Grahamstown

1998     

Artist-in-residence, Standard Bank Festival of Arts, Grahamstown

1997     

European contemporary art in the point of intersection between contemporary cultures and nations. Ryn, Poland
Havana Biennale, Cuba

 

PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Iziko (South African National Gallery)
Durban Art Museum
Pretoria Art Museum
University of South Africa Collection
Corobrik Collection
Polokwane Municipal Collection
Billiton
MTN
Constitutional Court
Standard Bank Gallery
Sasol

Sasol University Museum, Stellenbosch

University of Johannesburg

Rand Merchant Bank
University of the North West
War Museum Bloemfontein
Ellerman House, Cape Town