Lyrene Kühn-Botma, born in South Africa in 1992, is an artist and researcher working at the University of the Free State where her main subject in teaching is Printmaking. In 2021 the artist obtained her M.A. Fine Arts degree with distinction, receiving the Dean’s Medal awarded to the graduate with the best results towards a Master’s degree within the entirety of the Humanities faculty. The artist has participated in many exhibitions and competitions in South Africa. In 2019 the artist participated in the Nexus transitional exchange which was exhibited at the Vrystaat Festival’s Frynge festival as well as the Brighton Pride festival in Brighton, United Kingdom. Her research on paper and digital media involves the investigation of personal contemporary grief and bereavement, specifically the individual and collective iterations created and followed in mourning. This interest in death studies is further shared with an interest in video games, and how these two disparate experiences (grief and play) connect in distinctive ways as newly created contemporary practices in mourning. These personal experiences are investigated to explore the visual ways in which experiences of loss and trauma have been communicated through the conduits available in technologically driven societies, and how these new experiences provide novel empathetic experiences of loss.
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