KZN Energy Coat (2001)

Polyethylene, plastic
190cm x 200cm

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.

Vibrancy of KZN, mixture of culture, colourful, sunshine, sea, wildlife, natural environment. Energy is ethereal, intangible, but we can see the results of it. It is within us and surrounding us and we must protect it.