Johandi du Plessis is an emerging artist based in Bloemfontein. She completed her BA Fine Arts degree in 2014 at the University of the Free State, majoring with distinction in sculpture and installation. At the same time, she is cultivating an academic career, currently enrolled for her Masters in Fine Arts, and lecturing part-time at the Department of Fine Arts at her alma mater.
Du Plessis took part in the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition in 2016, and has taken part in several other group exhibitions, which include the Sasol New Signatures in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2013, and the Absa L’ Atelier in 2015 and 2014. The interdisciplinary nature of her artistic practice allows also for endeavours outside of gallery exhibitions: in 2016 Du Plessis was selected as one of 14 of South Africa's most promising emerging artists to partake in the experimental and interdisciplinary OpenLab Arts Residency
Her arts-research involves an interdisciplinary approach, intermixing art with science, sociology and design. Her work stretches across various media, which almost culminate into large installations, typically including artists' books, sculptural, video, drawing and photographic material. Her research process is essential, in as much that her art-making process itself becomes inseparable from her work. Her Masters in Fine Arts research concerns place and the social imaginary.