Born in 1988, I began my creative journey during my school years at Springfield in Cape Town where art was by far my favourite subject. I then studied Graphic Design at the AAA School of Advertising and soon moved on to photography. Noticing and absorbing the beauty around me has always affected me deeply, and I wanted to capture and share that. Through photography I developed an eye for light and detail, which in 2014, when I dived into art full time, became invaluable tools. From the start I focused on charcoal and pastel as my main mediums but this year I've also begun the journey to mastering oils.
An event or period marking a turning point in a situation.
The oil painting series Watershed features the female form in mid air, suspended in beauty and grace. I was inspired to create this series after seeing leera artists perform on suspended hoops. The way they moved with effortless beauty could only be achieved by their unbelievable strength, both physical and mental. There must have been a turning point, a watershed, where they decided whether they could no longer endure, or carry on practicing, stretching, building their strength and pushing themselves. Often in life one encounters a watershed point which they must push past to achieve something of beauty.
In the paintings the hoop has been removed, further representing the feeling of dangling, being on a precipice, of having to make the decision to turn back or push on. When you find you've had to let go of your safety net is often when you discovery what you are truly capable of.
This series features African tribal people wearing items of pop culture, to open a dialog on two subjects. The first one being the overstated value that we attach to popular brands, and the subsequent need we develop to own them. When viewed in an African context this obsession seems mad.
Those who live off the land value things because of their authentic purpose - a scarf will keep you warm regardless of whether it represents a high end brand or not. Likewise, they express creativity by adorning themselves with the items from nature because they are beautiful, not because of how much they cost. The items in the paintings may not stand out at first. The reason for this is the second subject -the adoption of modern culture and technology as it slowly creeps into every corner of the globe. Does it result in the loss of old traditions? Can one adopt modern conveniences without the attached society and culture? Can Africa merge the old and the new successfully?
My work can be found at Art-at-Africa in Cape Town. For inquiries and commissions, please contact me using the details or form below.
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