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Stefan Blom (South African 1963 - ) A LIFE STORY



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Stefan Blom (South African 1963 - ) A LIFE STORY

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signed, dated 2017, titled and numbered 7/10 in pencil in the margin
sheet size: 48 by 47,5cm, unframed

Within this artwork Blom explores the seminal forces which shaped him as an artist, primarily focusing on his acute dyslexia. The written language was something Blom considered to be out of his reach (because of his dyslexia) and he was extremely self-conscious of his “inability to write” (Stefan Blom, 2022).

“It was quite painful for me. There was absolutely nothing I could do about it. Despite the fact that I was trying to learn more, it just wouldn’t get better. So, for every single event, whether good or bad, I started making little symbols” (Stefan Blom, 2022). Thus, from his frustration, Blom created his own pictographic alphabet. Blom used this new language, which only he could understand, to "express himself and recorded significant life events" (Stefan Blom, 2022). Blom’s alphabet allowed him to put to rest the traumas that haunted him throughout his childhood and it is encapsulated in this artwork.

Blom’s work has been displayed both nationally and internationally. In 2017, Blom won the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award for into the light fantastic, which forms part of a bigger body of work, A life Story. One of the etched plates from A life Story is owned by the Zeits MOCCA. 2022. Stefan Blom | A Life Story (2019) | Available for Sale | Artsy. [online] Available at://> [Accessed 11 May 2022].

Berman Contemporary. 2022. Stefan Blom | Series | A Life Story | Berman Contemporary. [online] Available at://> [Accessed 7 May 2022]. 2022. Biography – Stefan Blom. [online] Available at://> [Accessed 11 May 2022].

Auction Date: 20th Jun 2022 at 2pm

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