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Simphiwe Kaka

My work is a compilation of self-portraits which yearns to introspect the journey of an ordinary Xhosa man, examining the current and historical stereotypes which have shaped narratives about what a man must do and shouldn't do. I specifically paint the subject with a tone of red to illustrate the time after initiation when I had been bathed in earth and lingered in the wilderness in the process of becoming a man. I use that to contrast and forge an identity which looms within the current society and how it would probably be taboo to walk around dressed in contemporary gear while being "red".

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Keonah nyembe

My theme is conceal and reveal. My concept focuses mainly on identity, perception and consciousness. My concept is about the root of the self and how we become products of our reality and limit ourselves from growth and movement if we are not able to self introspect and gain our individuality. My concept explores the idea of what parts of ourselves we show or don’t share with society, this meaning that there are layers to everyone and it is important to unpack yourself through time and experience by practicing consciousness daily.

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Emmanuel Eweje

ARTIST STATEMENT I have studied and analyzed the works of Nigerian thread artists like Bisi Fabunmi and Oloruntoba. Producing abstract painting with thread as well as inculcating African motifs, this have made me appreciated their string art(thread painting). With this, I creates string art in my own style. My subject matters are often inspired by socio-cultural activities and events within the community while my ideas are expressed using threads for figures, landscapes and portrait paintings. I use my work to influence people, communities by changing opinions, instilling values and translating experiences across space and time. My formal language is the use of motifs (African and many more) with thread as a medium of expression. My style gives attention to detail; giving a painterly effect, as well as, infusing motifs into the background- these motifs are studied according to the different culture and environment I find myself. In close to 10 years of discovering string art technique, I have found it to be a way of mindful practice because it requires full concentration. This is why I prescribe it as a panacea to societal issues. The string art currently have a few artists practicing it as many view it as hard work due to its painstaking and time- consuming process, but I derive joy from it because at the end of the day, the impact my work makes in people’s lives is my satisfaction.

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Clinton Jacobs

My art explores my love of nature and the human form, frequently involving themes of mythology and folklore. Working primarily in traditional pencil and pen mediums I can create detailed works with an attention to line-work and shading, with recent works including acrylic mixed over the sketch to create interest and add colour. I enjoy creating art that everyone can find their own meaning in, often leaving my pieces untitled and open to interpretation.

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Marna Schoeman

As a born and bred Pretoria suburbanite, Marna Schoeman sees her immediate surroundings as the biggest source of inspiration for her detailed renderings in acrylic on wood panel or stretched canvass. Humour is the cornerstone of her work and with her tongue firmly lodged in her cheek, she doesn't have to travel very far to gather visual information. She enjoys telling contemporary stories based on ancient myths, legends and fables and her wacky and off the wall canvasses tend to depict the rich and somewhat extraordinary diversity of life, humans, plants and animals that can be found in Hyperama parking lots or the local gym and carwash. Lately she has also started to accessorise her paintings with fashion items like chic little handbags. "Although I grew up in a very traditional Afrikaans household I have always been fascinated by Eastern religion and philosophy. It might have had something to do with the fact that my father must have been the only person I know to actually buy info-booklets from Hare Krishna! These wonderfully illustrated gems thus landed on our bookshelf. When bored as a child, I would lie down on my bed with a pile of these books, and was dazzled by these highly decorative and exotic images of beautiful benign cattle and strange blue deities with rosy, upturned hand palms. These fantastic, detailed images were imprinted into my psyche from a very early age and found its way into my artistic expression. Although Hindu history, mythology and philosophy still fascinate me and its visual approach continues to feed into my style, since marrying a man that lives and works in various African countries, such as Botswana, Zambia and Nigeria, my contact with African art and culture also influences me greatly."

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Kea Hlungwani

In all of my pattern work, the focal is the use of geometric shapes and colour. What I attempt to do with my work is to mirror naturally occurring patterns or depict abstract concepts.

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Sir Lincoln

As a multi-disciplinary artist I work with any medium at my disposal and my work aims to close a gap from just being aesthetically beautiful to functional art like recycling to providing solutions through art. Most of it is documentation of socio-happenings and therapeutic to some disabilities.

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Bingo Kondowe

Art is a form of therapy, remedy, an escape plan into mental freedom and a voice of will. It is very personal and spiritual, and aim to provoke contemporary past, present and perhaps future affairs. The idea is aimed to create a correlation between spirituality and reality. Bingo Kondowe strives to inspire black people who do not see a relationship between themselves and the biblical people, because of the western translations, that was imparted to most of Malawian people by virtual. He creates images that birth a sense of belonging, which is done by painting images of black African people and connecting them to the events as well. Having a privilege of growing up in a poor country and relocating to a better one, inspired Kondowe’s craft to serve as a testimony and a tool for sharing best practices, through his own personal experiences and by making a comparison between underdeveloped countries to developed or developing countries. The paintings are mostly done on a stretched canvas, and he uses acrylics, charcoal, ink and oil paints. The body of work is mostly personal opinions and beliefs, nevertheless, he allows the audience to have room for their own translations, meaning and understanding on the work that he produces.

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Nicci Olivier

Life is an interplay of art, science and spirit which explores the wisdom of Sacred Geometry, inviting us to partake in a wholly worthwhile transformational journey. During 2020 Nicci explored the notions of LIMINAL SPACE as a response to navigating through the C19 pandemic. ‘LIMINAL SPACE is an inner state and an outer situation. We are betwixt and between, having left one room and not yet entered the next. Our former way of life is being challenged. In this space we are not certain or in control.’ (R.Rohr) 2021 will be focused on taking Liminal Space to the next level, and Nicci aims to explore the narratives of UNVEILING. UNVEILING : ‘If we trust the universal pattern, the wisdom of all times and places, including creation and evolution of the cosmos itself, we know that an ending is also a place for a new beginning.’ (R.Rohr) Nicci Olivier’s art concepts explore the process and journey toward inner transformation. Her Land Art works undergo a number of transformative processes before a final work is realized. These processes spontaneously instill additional layers of meaning to the work. Transformation is therefore integrated in both concept and process/practice. Since lockdown 2020, Nicci has ‘collaborated’ with her garden as her canvas to create her land art works. The final images lend themselves to a myriad option, from 2D artworks, sculpture and installation pieces in a variety of mediums. Site specific installations create wonderful interactive opportunities and experiences for the viewer. Laser cut stainless steel creates reflections, shadows, patterns and movement as the light changes in situ, alluding to an interplay of presence and time. Her artworks usually have a meditative quality, inviting the viewer to a personal experience and instilling a sense of calm in them, and hopefully an AHA! Generally, the interactive process does not require the viewer to touch the work. The elements of light, air, wind, heat, cold, reflections and shadows interact with the work, providing the viewer with an immersive experience.

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