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Postal address: 10 Mahlatini Street · Fordsburg · Johannesburg · 2001
Physical address: 10 Mahlatini Street · Fordsburg · Johannesburg · 2001
My fascination and obsession with the Hindu Goddess Kāli has been the point of departure in my art production. She is the Goddess of Time, which essentially makes her the Goddess of creation and, paradoxically, the Goddess of destruction. Kāli is the most ferocious in appearance among all Hindu Goddesses, and She has come to represent the unbridled side of nature and womanhood. This body of work draws on aspects of sexuality and identity as understood through Her embodiment of female defiance and aggression. In each painting an image/ symbol has been stitched onto the surface. The process of stitching, much like the materiality of the pigment on surface, is extremely important in the production of these works. It is an act of labour ‐ a cathartic process ‐ that becomes somewhat meditative and almost dance‐like, as I shift around the canvas making repetitive gestures and movements. One of the key ‘symbols’ used in my paintings and sculpture is the tongue, it is possibly Kāli’s quintessential feature, as it speaks of protest, revolt and sexuality all at the same time. This ‘symbol’ re‐emerges in many of aspects of my production. This aspect of ‘Dance’ emerges more directly in my photographic and video works. The photographic series of a dancer performing traditional dance movements and gestures speaks directly of Kāli: In this constructed narrative the female character develops from submissive and weak, to a challenging and defiant Kāli‐like figure. My use of Kāli imagery is intended to challenge boundaries and expectations within South African societies, particularly the Hindu society. I see Kāli as an empowering female figure.