My art is very often intuitive, site-specific and/or experimental but created as part of a series, such as ‘Beach Meditations’ and Nuances, or part of a thematic body of work presented as an exhibition:

Wild Cape Point Meander, Limited edition archival print on Cotton paper, 150 x 66 cm, 2014, edition size: 3

Feel the Earth Breathing, vFringe Visual Art Events, National Arts Festival, 2020

Feel the Earth breathing, a collection of drawings, mixed media art, and photography by Janet Botes, is inspired by an emotional response to moments spent in the forest, on the beach, and traveling. They represent the artist’s deep respect for and appreciation of the Earth’s biodiversity and the wisdom locked away in moments of silence – moments during which you can hear the song of the Earth and the sea if you listen carefully enough. Intentionally created as visual prayers, these artworks speak of connection and silent growth through natural cycles.

Selected group exhibitions

2021 // EVOKING Art Experience, Ingrid Nuss Fine Art Gallery, Garden Route, South Africa
2020 // RUST-EN-VREDE RESCUE, Fundraising Group Exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, South Africa.
2019 // Nature Art Cube Exhibition ‘12x12x12+Nature’, Geumgang Nature Art Centre, Gongju, South Korea.
2018 // Water, Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West, South Africa.
2017 // SPRING | UNTITLED. StateoftheArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2015 // It’s in my Nature… Exhibition by Janet Botes & Jaco Coetzee. Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West, South Africa.
2015 // Remembrance of Nature: 30 Nature Artists in the World, Geumgang Nature Art Centre, Gongju, S.Korea.
2014 // Equus. Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate, R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch, South Africa.
2014 // The industrial Karoo: FEAR & LOSS, curated by Katie Barnard du Toit. Oliewenhuis Art Museum, “The Reservoir”, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
2013 // Pieces & Puzzles: Compositions of human expression inspired by nature. Lovell Gallery, Woodstock, South Africa.
2013 // Encounters Annual Wildlife exhibition at the Cape Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2012 // Walk This Earth Alone, Gallery @ Grande Provence, Franschhoek, , South Africa.
2012 // HumanEarth III: First Material, US Gallery, University of Stellenbosch’s Woordfees, , South Africa.
2010 // VAN-Guard Winelands Group Exhibition, Durbanville Hills, South Africa. Curated and organized by VANSA.
2009 // Sangisa Sangisa, exhibition & group performance, VANSA Spin Space, Cape Town, South Africa.
2008 // Unified: Unpretty, Unclean, Underneath, Unnatural. Eat Your Words Artspace, Vereeniging, South Africa.

Curated exhibitions

In collaboration with amazing fellow artists, I’ve coordinated two environment-focused exhibitions, of which the most recent also included workshops and talks for the public by leading ecologists from the area.

Selected projects & art residencies I participated in:

The themes and subjects often found in my work are mostly nature-inspired and include trees, insects, foliage and animals. I draw my inspiration from personal experiences, daily life and my spiritual practice. I love to experiment with materials and techniques, which result in the wide variety found in my work and approaches. These include mixed media, photography, painting, drawing & work on paper, land art, performance art and installation art.

  • Tankwa Artscape 2022
    “Remembrance & Resurrection” was my main focus during the time of my residency. An artwork in honour of the late Ian Marley who contributed to Tankwa Artscape in 2021. I was privileged to be lectured by Ian, in drawing, as an art student 10 years ago and his influence during my education still resonates in […]
  • Land art in Cape Town, 2011
    During the summer of 2011/2012 I created land art in Deer Park and The Glen alonside fellow artists Di Smith, Leli Hoch and Andreé Bonthuys. While the wind breezes softlyand even subtle movements of the branchcauses little twigs to fall back to the ground A practice in patience is forgedan effort in accepting, and trying […]
  • In this moment I just listen
    In this moment I let go of all my own stories, beliefs and excuses.In this moment I let go of all my desire and hopes.In this moment I just listen to the wind through the bells.In this moment I am here.– – –Bells recorded at a temple in South Korea in 2015 during the Global […]
  • Tankwa Artscape 2019
    observing… the textures of the rocks the colours of the land the light and shadows of the plants, rock faces and shifting sun observing my thoughts observing the terrain under the bicycle’s wheels observing the traces of life tasting, feeling, licking, hearing, seeing, smelling experiencing the rocks on my skin, my tongue the heat on […]
  • Granger Bay, as part of Thupelo workshop
    Granger Bay, Cape Town, South AfricaJune 2015 Created during the Thupelo residency a found pebble, on Granger Bay beachdisplayed, held, interacted by different artists:JANET BOTES, OFENTSE LETEBELE, HELEN HARRIS, JANO, MALGORZATA CALUSINSKA, LEYLA TURKAY, ERICA LUTTICHand by the end of the workshop in the possession of JEFF LOK.
  • Wasted Whale Tail
    Whale Tail  Sculpture created from household waste, chicken wire and trash collected from the beach.Dimensions: About 1,25m high x 1.2m wide x 40cm deep.2017 Collaboration with WESSA Eden (as initiator of the project), Knysna Basin Project (beach cleanup) and Pierre Bezuidenhout (structural assistance) Aim: to create awareness about ocean pollution and the impact it has […]
  • Leaves of Change
    “Step through the wind that rustle the leaves of trees, plants & weedson the slope of a mountain – fallen, standing, tallthe trees that read the memory of the leaves Defined shades and lines cast by the long limbs of the treesLet all the green leaves be yours – the brown, dry and darkleft as […]
  • Doekvoetdenkpad / ‘Die Huis van Tyd’, Loxton
    Prior to the the 2017 inaugural walk of the Riverine Rabbit Thinking Path or ‘Doekvoetdenkpad’ in Loxton a week of community pre-launch activities brought artists, Loxton residents and conservationists together. I participated and contributed by adding a drawing to ‘Die Huis van Tyd’ and offering three workshops during the week of creative learning and community […]
  • GNAP Land Art: South Korea
    Land Art in South Korea, created when we travelled through their landscape as part of the Global Nomadic Art Project.   In August 2015, I travelled to South Korea to join YATOO artists in travelling through the landscape, creating land art and learning about their culture. We travelled from Gongju to Sejong, Danyang, Taebaek, Gangneung, […]
  • Stories of Rain (Global Nomadic Art Project: South Africa)
    Stories of Rain, the South African leg of the Global Nomadic Art Project (GNAP) 2016 initiated by Yatoo – the South Korean Nature Arts Association, follows in the steps of the First Peoples of South Africa, featuring local and international artists. Stories of Rain is a non-profit initiative hosted by volunteers of the Site_Specific Collective […]
  • We are of wood and stone
    우리는 나무 그리고 돌 we are of wood and stone Below the surface of language, culture and individuality, are we not all the same? And when we dig even deeper, into our skin, muscles, bones and blood, are we not the same as the other living creatures sharing the land with us? And when we […]
  • Ouroboros
    Over the weekend of 5 and 6 September 2015, we launched Anni Snyman’s first Site_Specific Karoo Geoglyph, the Snake Eagle Thinking Path, in Matjiesfontein. Matjiesfontein is a historical little town in the Karoo area of South Africa, situated right next to the railroad and the N1 highway that connects Johannesburg and Cape Town. The site […]
  • Flow, Site_Specific Land Art Biennale
    Flow. Drift. SplatterFlowing with clarity and energized focus.Creating, WorkingBeing in the moment. Drifting along, swept away by emotions.Feelings, thoughts that ebb and flow like the tides.While oil seep into the cracks of our survival.Spluttering, Crashing against rock, hitting your head against a wall to leave your mark. Flow, Focus, Have Faiththat you are in the right place […]