Gina van der Ploeg
Gina van der Ploeg (b. 1994) is a sculptor and textile artist from Cape Town. In 2017 she graduated from Michaelis Fine Art School, winning an award for her body of work “wear | we’re”. She has participated in several group shows and art fairs while completing a post graduate degree in Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. Her studies into how the materiality of religious objects shapes ideas of the sacred and of human beings informs how she engages with her own chosen materials. She received a bursary from UCT to travel to Japan in 2019 where she worked with weaver, Toyomi Harada, and completed an apprentice programme with weaver and indigo dyer, Bryan Whitehead. In 2021, she was shortlisted for the SASOL New Signatures Award and, in 2022, has been accepted for the Tankwa Artscape Residency at Stonehenge Reserve in the Karoo (South Africa).
Gina has been part of The New Vanguard group since 2020, a mentorship programme that coincides with Berman Contemporary and is now represented by the gallery.