Anina Deetlefs (1973) is a born and bred Cape Townian. She obtained a Degree inGraphic Design at the University of Stellenbosch in 1995 and currently resides in Durbanville. She worked in the fashion andinterior industry both internationally and locally. Her artworks can be found in collectors homes both locally and internationally.
In this time of major change on the planet, it’s important to take time not only to connect to your inner world but to cultivate it. Life will continue to bring change. Cultivating a rich inner garden will help you to stay centred and harmonious in the midst of change.
Your Inner Eden is the foundation from where you create your life; it is connected to your soul and spirit’s deepest desires and purpose. Although it is not tangible, your inner world exists only inside of your Self, it encompasses all of your dreams and creative longings, all of the experiences you wish to have and it is connected to everything in the Universe, it is pure consciousness. It is the place where you find your equilibrium, where you are centred and grounded within your True Self. It is your place of power, your connection to the greater Source and where you can manage your energy and the vibration and frequency which you are sending out to the Universe. This is how we create, with our thoughts, visions, words and actions. When we tend to our inner self, we feel fulfilled and whole, the natural feeling that bubbles up from this well spring is joy and contentment. Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world. Spend time building your inner sanctum and your outer world will flourish, like a garden that you tend to, sweetly nourishing the bulbs and seedlings day after day which become luscious, rich and beautiful flowers. Processing your feelings gives you access to your own inner wisdom and innate creativity. Each of these works serves as a gentle reminder that we should allow ourselves to:
Breath(e)in the midst of anxiety.
Surrender and let go of the stress of daily life.
To Behold the beauty and uniqueness within ourselves.
That we all require and should give a little bit of Grace to others each day.
That we carry within us a Paradise that is accessible to us at any given time.
To cultivate the ability to become Ecstatic over the little everyday pleasures in life.
That to live life takes Courage and that we are all Becoming, evolving and changing throughout our lifetime.
To remain In the spirit of love for one another.
And above all to appreciate the Life/Eve we were given.”
Anina has been a finalist in The StateoftheART Awards compition
(2018), The Sasol New Signature Competition (Top 100) (2015)The Sanlam Portrait Award(Top 100)(2017) and Art@Africa in Association with Julie Miller Contemporary Art Womxn Competion 2020 (Top 100)\
While working on Yemoja I was inspired by our earth’s vast, hidden, incredible aquatic landscape. Although her inner, floating grasses are not a true representation of sea bamboo, it does similar to some bamboo in shape and size. (this little tit bit acquired by looking at botanical drawings of the bamboo species around the world.) and there is a seagrass that goes by the name ‘blue seagrass’. Her shading slowly alters from the sky blue of the heavens above the ocean to the deepest darkest navy black, that symbolizes the depths and valleys of the deep sea. The lightly coloured ocre shading is a reference to the beaches that borders so many of our ocean shores.For this reason I have called this tranquil goddess Yemoja.
Yemoja is the African Goddess of the Ocean and the patron deity of pregnant women. She is honored not only in Africa but in Brazil. She is the creator goddess of the Yoruba tribe. This goddess went with the members of the Yoruba tribe when they were captured and taken to various areas in the world as slaves. She then became very well known and given different names. This is why she is honored in Brazil and also how she is associated with Virgin Mary.
Yemoja gave birth to all the waters and is known as the “mama watta”. Her name is a contraction of Yoruba words,”Yeye emo eja” which means “Mother whose children are like fishes.”
She is different then most goddesses because she is, in fact, a mermaid. She is known to them as the Queen of the Ocean. Yemoja is the patron of women, particularly pregnant women; fishermen; and sunken ship survivors.
Yemoja created a tribe and gave birth to all the water, salt and fresh, so she became a goddess.