My work investigates
emotional reactions. I portray writhing human figures on an open space to
express joy, anger, fear and sadness that depends on the character of an image
that I want to bring out. According to my experience I believe that as children
we practice what we were taught or things that happen around us in everyday
life. My work influenced by the way I was raised as child that grew up around
violence and how it became a huge challenge for me to find myself. I use my
work as catharsis and as well as raising an awareness.
I use art as part of
an attempt to release myself from the lingering sadness resulting from violence
and sharing happiness. I mobilize the elements of drawing such as tone and
lines to psychologically break free from this sense, which often enslaves its
casualties. My work uses dark, expressive lines, which I contrast with strong
tonal values to depict intense emotional, dramatic and forceful feelings.
Artist Statement: My process has become an exploration of solitude and the way that being alone and being lonely can influence the imagination as well as the artistic process. I believe that in the experience of being lonely, as Wendell Berry puts it, “one’s inner scream becomes deafening, deadening, severing any connection to other lives”, while solitude enriches creativity, as confirmed by Louise Bourgeois. As someone who is often caught in the throes of being lonely, I work to turn that loneliness into moments of solitude, where work and magic intersect in my mind.
Artist Statement: Introducing thought-provoking and personally moving artworks about self-introspection.
Exhibition Statement: Katlego studies the emotional journey of
youth through line. Expressing the pressures felt by our youngsters today…. all
their frustrations, fears, hopes, dreams and joy.
stripping the subjects of any recognizable identity, he also strips us the
viewer of the
of preconceived ideas and subjectivity, allowing us to see and experience only
the emotion contained within the line.
immediate transfer of Katlego’s emotions onto paper.
“Artist Statement – The work ‘How naked am I now, as a poem?’
operates as a reflection of deep melancholy, and a tumult of
emotion. Whether from heartbreak or depression, I feel that these
sensations are perpetually, somewhat exacerbated by the increasing
(and incessant) presence of social media in our lives. The work speaks
to moments of deep vulnerability, ones which are only revealed to
those closest to us.” – Shakil Solanki
Artist statement: I draw, paint, knit and embroider young woman who are trying to figure out the world around them while struggling with the patriarchy, turning into werewolves, body positivity, spells gone awry and looking good through the ups and downs of their relationships – with best friends and awkward tinder dates
Octavia Roodt works in the style of European comics and employs its tropes to create new South African myths. She is interested in the masculine and unyielding images of her Afrikaans heritage. She looks towards cultural symbols, such as monuments and costume, in order to understand and negotiate the elements of her identity that she struggles to integrate into her own values.
Her images aim to act as comfort, oftewel boeretroos. The autobiographical nature of her work aims to gently subvert and bring these contrasts between the over-culture and the experience of a modern Afrikaner/South African into conversation. What could the future of heritage sites hold? What does the feminine spirit bring to interpretations of the past? How are narratives reframed through empathy? She illustrates scenes of a world upheld by her own set of myths. Through these glimpses, she creates her own answers to the difficult questions around national identity.