(Finalist Sasol New Signatures 2018)
In search for human connectivity by combining patterns and shapes found in a diverse range of South African cultures.
Some of the patterns have symbolic meaning and others happen in the ritualistic mark making as the clay is moulded.
The long strip running down the middle of the sculpture represents forms derived from crochet Bible bookmarks evident in Afrikaans culture as well as neck pendants of the Zulu and Ndebele cultures. Each having their their own significant importance and connection to the spiritual world. The neck pendants in Zulu culture protect the person from evil spirits whereas in the Ndebele culture it is called Nyoka and worn by woman suggesting a connection to the ancestors and to fertility.
The shape of Cape Dutch gables is mirrored in the outline of the sculpture and forms part of the frayed edging inspired by Islamic prayer mats. Inspiration is also drawn from textured 'amasumpa' patterns of Zulu beer pots - referring to ritual scarification or the custom of decorating the body with scar tattoos. Other symbolic forms are represented by use of patterns from Ndebele house-paintings, triangular shapes from Zulu earplugs and the Fleur de lis motifs which all communicate a certain meaning.