I am a mid-career artist, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I currently hold the position of Director of the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg. I work as an artist, academic, editor, writer, curator and post-graduate supervisor.
In this website, I present small slivers of work that I have produced over a period of over 30 years. The works featured are a fraction of my production over this time, but I’ve chosen specific examples which point to certain theoretical and visual themes that have, and continue to resonate throughout my artistic practice.
The work is characterised by use of formal strategies and theoretical frames often feminised by association with women artists, feminist theorists, or the impact of the feminist movement on western art practices. They include use of personae, staging, performance, masquerade, auto-ethnographic and biographic narratives as forms of agency; the body as inscriptive surface; embodiment and abjection; reflexive deployments of needlework, the decorative and domesticity. These strategies and frames are contextualised in relation to thematics of identity and displacement. I trace how these thematics come together in my current bio-art project (2019-), in which I produce casts of domestic objects that carry associations with colonial legacies. The objects are painted over or infused with strains of pigmented bacteria.