Title: Why are you afraid
Medium: Mixed media: velvet, beads, photostats, embroidery
Size: 102 x 102 x 5 cm
Kriel was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She received her BA and MA in Art Education from the University of Stellenbosch; took Post Graduate studies at the National Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium; studied Psychology I, II, and III at the University of South Africa; and received her M.Phil in Didactics from the University of the Western Cape. Kriel is an executive member of the Visual Arts Group.
Her work done in the early 1990's can be seen as objects of resistance and defiance. These works focus on and form a critique of racial and gender politics. Most of the embroidery was done while attending meetings to organize against the human abuses taking place in South Africa at the time. Why are you afraid is a critique of socio-political conditions and it communicates and validates the interests of women as the most oppressed group of people in our society. The work is comprised of three pieces: We were not born to be raped and controlled, We were not born to control and destroy, and Why are you afraid.
Her selected group exhibitions include: The Art of African Textiles, Washington, DC, 1996; The Art of African Textiles, Africa 95, London, 1995; Siyawela, Birmingham, England, 1995; Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa, 1995; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland, 1993; Venice Biennale, Italy, 1993; and Cape Town Biennale, South Africa, 1991.