Antionette McMaster


Visual artist born in 1970 and grew up in Sasolburg (Free State) South Africa. She is currently studying towards an Honours Degree in Visual art at UNISA. She works in all mediums, but prefer mixed mediaSome of her artworks were chosen to hang in the UNISA Visual Arts building and her workbooks are being used for teaching purposes. A few of her artworks are displayed at the Main Art Building at the Sunnyside campus. Since 2017, she has been involved in several group exhibitions. Julie Miller African Contemporary Gallery in Craighall, Johannesburg represented her from 2017 to 2020. In October 2019, three of her artworks were chosen to be displayed at the African National Fashion Week at Sandton Convention Centre.  In 2020, 645 female artists were asked to submit artworks for the #ALLWOMXNMATTER for the Julie Miller African Contemporary gallery in affiliation with Art@Africa. The top 50 took part in the exhibition at both galleries and hers was chosen as one of the top 5 artists. Her work can be found in various private collections. She also did commission work for various people, including Judge President of the High Court of Gauteng, Judge Dunstan Mlambo.


In South Africa, violence against women is endemic. Statistics on femicide, rape and domestic violence demonstrate unprecedented prevalence rates.My work engages with constructed masks and costumes photographed in site specific areas. It deals with the hidden persona of the victims, hiding behind the masks and costumes, yet there is a subtle hint showing the abuse that the victim experience. There will always be a glimpse of abuse no matter how hard the victim tries to disguise it. My intention is to create a space and platform that will give birth to a different narrative which will help start conversations on how to move forward from these horrible atrocities against out women and children.My aim is when viewing my art viewers will be called not just to compassion but also to social action.