Martie Bitzer (1968) born in Soth Africa, is an architect and artist. She obtained an M.Arch Degree in Architecture in 1998 from the University of the Free State. She has 28 years' experience as lecturer at different tertiary institutions in the Free State as well as Gauteng. Martie is currently enrolled for a PhD by Design at the Department of Architecture, UFS, and works interdisciplinary on the theme Ecdysis: Shedding Skin as Performative Agent in Negotiating New Transitions for Architecture. Her work investigates new applications for ‘skin’ [walls also seen as the ‘skin’ of buildings] and she shows ecdysis as the driving force when dealing with the transient and stratified nature of the skin metaphor in architecture and art. These temporal and layered qualities together with the ‘surface-ness’ of the architectural skin appeal to the concept of shedding and renewal which she also explores through photography and digital drawing. Experimental work is found in activities at the ‘edge’, and in her search towards new edge conditions she explores fragments of skin as found in several shedding phenomenon: roadside waste, decay and integumentary evidence [feathers, skin, nails and containers]. She has been a finalist in the Phatshoane Henney Attorneys New Breed Art Competition in 2016 as well as in 2018 at Oliewenhuis Art Museum and has taken part in several exhibitions through the years. Martie is currently a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of the Free State.
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