Sandile Radebe

Artists' Statement

My work is centred around text, language and other writing systems. My process is therefore influenced by the process of reading, accumulating and retaining information. I reflect on my everyday encounter with language, in its varying forms, to see it anew. I achieve this through manipulating the form of text through exaggeration and/ or through translating into other mediums.

These translations create an experiential sense of text or sometimes accentuate the aesthetic beauty inherent in most writing systems. Balance, harmony, complementaries and colour are some of the aesthetic devises I use to achieve this.

This process for me mimics a literary analysis in how it seeks to unpack underlying ideas in a subject.

Similarly my manipulation of writing forms is an attempt to bring to the fore; subtle politics involved in the process of writing and its framing.

These manipulations critique my engagement with an urban environment, histories, culture, politics, identity as well as any other form of human interaction- with each other and with our environment. My work seeks to invite the viewer to appreciate the beauty of language as well as have critical engagement with its power.