People are people through people. Many may recognise the concept of ‘Ubuntu’ in other forms or phrases from many cultures, that humanity is one, a united village. If one is poor, no one is rich; if one is ill, no one is well, and we are all responsible for each other as well as ourselves.
I grew up in Southern Africa, amongst a blend of different cultures, absorbing but rarely understanding, at least on an intellectual level, the creative community around me. My feelings are much louder than my thoughts; impressions are deep, sometimes profound, but I do not easily find words to make sense of experience or express it.
I work on a small scale as a self-taught artist, the work I make always has an emotional/mental health focus to it. In ways that impact and empower others for the better, I want to work as part of a world moving forward, with the oldest and truest concept: love. Love, not as emotion but as creation, is the base on which all good things are sewn, grown and thrive. I feel passionately that communication and genuine support are elements sorely missing in our societies but are key to the development of healthy people and strong communities who care for each other, themselves and the environment.
I want to work through creativity toward understanding people, communities, society as a whole; I want to listen, to help with the healing where necessary or facilitate creativity and expression. I want to document, truthfully and compassionately through art, by making space, by simply connecting. I cannot accept that issues in our society belong only to the people experiencing them; it is together, and through connection, that we overcome.