Condom Coat (2001)

3500 condoms, cardboard, paper, gut, polyethylene
200cm x 230cm


Artist's Statement

The Coat is used here as a metaphor for protection of individuals, society, culture and history as well as a recognizable symbol of the human form. The six large works reflect my awareness of the spirit of South Africa, of Zulu culture and history, the transition from the apartheid era to post-apartheid democracy, South African news and how it impacts on our lives and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They also reflect the traditional beadwork techniques and the energy and vibrancy of Kwazulu Natal where I live.

"Parents must be part of the modern world and teach their children to condomise, otherwise we are going to lose a generation of our people" (Nelson Mandela, during unveiling of restoration project at Inanda Seminary in May 2001, Kwazulu Natal)