Thank you for accepting our invitation for this interview.
What does it mean to be a sculptor from South Africa?
Right now it’s genuinely exciting. The art scene in South Africa is really vibrant. Our rich cultural diversity and heritage make for varied, interesting galleries and art fairs. Locals are investing in art, and international buyers are also starting to look at South Africa.
Globally, African art is having its day. In May, Sotheby’s held its first auction of African contemporary art. In September, Jochen Zeitz, a German businessman, will open the Zeitz MOCAA on the waterfront in Cape Town. In Paris, the Fondation Louis Vuitton recently unveiled two exhibitions of African Artists in the Bois de Boulogne, and CNN recently dubbed Cape Town the new contemporary art hub of the world. Truly exciting times!
How does life in Cape Town stimulate you in your artistic choices and everything else you do?
Cape Town is one of the best cities in the world to live. We are in between the mountains, vineyards and the sea and there is just so much to do outdoors.
The scenery is inspirational in itself and the people are also diverse and interesting, so it’s a great place to be creatively. In terms of my own work, I use a lot of found materials like kelp and drift wood, which I collect while surfing, hiking and so on.