Freedom Coat (2001)

Beads, fabric, digital images, video monitor
418cm x 200xm

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.

The new South Africa, South African flag, symbol of democracy and freedom. Nelson Mandela. Main contributors. Statesman's coat. Unnamed heroes who were detained, banned, exiled, imprisoned, murdered, tortured, survived. Video of inauguration ceremony of president Nelson Mandela, 10th May 1994.