Sonya Rademeyer

Sonya Rademeyer (SA) is a visual artist interested in exploring deep empathy through the vehicles of sound/movement. Through her practice of deep-listening, she connects to an embodied experience of ‘seeing’, allowing her body to determine mark-making. This gestural line-work often represents ideas around entanglement, fragility and complexities. 

A graduate of Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Rademeyer places her work at the intersection of art and science with a weighted responsibility towards social and environmental engagement at large. Awareness of the lack of empathy occurring within her immediate environment will often spark new bodies of work which then expands out into the global. The nature of Rademeyer’s interest in empathy leads her to addressing complicated content. In her more recent work she grapples with the relationship between empathy and whiteness [viewed from a post-colonial perspective] as well as the relationship between empathy and the natural environment. 

Connected to her embodied work is a strong performative element captured through the medium of the lens. Drawing - or elements of drawing - will often be incorporated into live performances in either gestures or onto the surfaces of the fabric she is wearing. 

For Rademeyer, the intersection between drawing and performance remains an area of constant exploration. 

1964 -
Nationality: South African