Janet Botes (1984-) was born and grew up in Vanderbijlpark, and currently lives in the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa. After obtaining her BTech qualification in Graphic Design (Cum Laude) at the Vaal University of Technology in 2006 Janet worked as a graphic designer in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town, before dedicating her working life to art-making and projects relating to art and the environment. Since 2007 she participated in workshops in concept development, art therapy, performance art and professional art practice. These workshops served to further her knowledge and enrich her art practice, and since 2010 she has facilitated workshops in different settings and capacities to share her knowledge and help others delve into their own inherent creativity.
Janet’s first solo exhibition ‘Wild & Still: expressions of the landscape‘ was shown in June 2014 by StateoftheArt Gallery in Cape Town, who also hosted her second solo exhibition ‘ORGANISM‘ in April 2016. She has participated in group exhibitions and art fairs in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and performed a work as part of the Fringe programme of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, in 2012. Also in 2012 Janet coordinated the Green Art exhibition, titled ‘(eco)nversation’ at the Green Expo at the CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre) in collaboration with the Expo organisers and fellow artists. She has been exhibiting as part of the Fear & Loss in the Karoo exhibition series, curated by Katie Barnard du Toit, and the HumanEarth exhibition series, curated by Nastasha Daniels. Janet is the founder and editor of eco arts blog artlovenature.co.za.
Janet was selected as an artist for the 2011 Koekenaap Regional artist residency, the 2015 Thupelo artist workshop in Cape Town, and the OPENLab2016 artist residency held at the University of Free state, as part of the Vrystaat Art Festival’s PIAD initative (Programme for Innovation in Artform Development), and MAP (Modern Art Projects) in Richmond. In 2015 she created a sand installation at THAT ART FAIR in Salt River, Cape Town, and was an assisting artist on Anni Snyman’s Snake Eagle Thinking Path in Matjiesfontein, which forms part of the Karoo Geoglyph project.
Janet has done several corporate commissions and projects which include artworks for PPS Investments, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, Optima Training, and an artwork for the Sandown MyCiti bus station in Bloubergstrand, Cape Town.
Since April 2014, Janet Botes and Janet Ranson has coordinated monthly land art gatherings for artists based in the Western Cape. Since 2013 Janet has been involved with Site_Specific, a volunteer-run organisation that aims to develop and support site-specific and land art projects in South Africa. As one of the Site_Specific initiatives Janet co-coordinated the creation of land art by a small group of artists at Wildekrans Country House for Elgin – Open Gardens. In August 2015 she travelled to South Korea as the Site_Specific representative artist for the Global Nomadic Art Project; and in 2016 helped coordinate Stories of Rain – the South African leg of this international project.