Studio Artaxia is a conservation company that specialises in the restoration of historic stone and metal. We function as specialist sub-contractors to architects, government, museums, auction houses and private art collectors. Historic buildings, monuments and public sculptures often present unique problems that require a specialist to resolve them. Studio Artaxia offers the technical solutions and customised specifications necessary for these historic materials. While we are based in Port Elizabeth, our mobile conservation unit executes remedial conservation nationwide.
"I graduated from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Universities -School of Art and Design in 2010 with a degree in Fine Art Sculpture (cum laude). After my studies I furthered my education at the South African Institute for Conservation, specializing in stone and metal conservation. In 2013 I realized a personal goal and won first place in the PPC YCSA competition with the best sculpture on exhibition. And in 2014 I was a merit award winner in the Sasol New Signatures competition. As a sculptor, I personally employ rigorous step-by-step methods using many different processes, techniques and materials to make a sculpture. One of these processes integral to my studio practise is photographic documentation of the sculpture as I work on it from start to finish. This habit of photo journaling the complete process from beginning to end of one sculpture provides an insightful perspective when viewed chronologically, and this perspective can be both valuable to the artist and the public. By giving people a glimpse into my studio practice I hope to share with others the enjoyment I receive from creating sculpture and to educate the public about the work and effort it takes to make a sculpture. This transparency I believe will have a positive effect on peoples conception of the arts and the artist."