Who is Sikelela Damane and what do you do?
I’m an artist from Cape Town, who currently lives and works in Johannesburg. I produce, produce and produce works of art.
Tell us about your work?
My work looks at past and contemporary narratives that influence our present perpectives. I borrow historical and present images to communicate certain ideas, and transforming them into paintings- mixed media. My work partakes on socio political discourses that have an impact on our global village, with emphasis towards Africa and the South.
What inspires your work?
Well my work is inspired by what is happening around me and the current information that we receive and engage with via our media based platforms, be it the Internet, news and oral dialogues. History, post colonial ideas have an influences in my work. And of course my contemporaries inspire the work I produce through association and sharing of ideas.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a series of artworks about the impact of the student uprising and the decolonisation project that has now become the cherry of South Africa’s public institutional politics. I believe in the student’s struggle because it has an impact on our livelihood, and I am also a student/learner of everyday. I’m also working on getting spaces to exhibit my work. It’s a combined effort! You have to show your work at the end of the day!!.I am also working on other themes. Either than that I produce, produce and produce.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Well I would advice one to do some form of formal art education or studio based programs. That enables one to become engaged in many helpful activities and also being aware of your work and that of other artist. Look out for opportunities that are related to art and start putting your work out there. Networking is key. At the end of the day one should produce and constantly produce works. It keeps one moving you know. This is a career, not a hobby, and should be treated like a ‘conservative job’.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
I recently completed a degree in Fine Art, and a photography course from the Market Photo Workshop, so I’m still trying to settle in, in a new town with beautiful people. I was involved with an international touring exhibition “Imago mundi, Luciano Benetton: 10 X 12 @ SA, contemporary artist from South Africa”. Recently I am involved with the Content magazine revolution issue 3 were I am part of the featured artists, which is coming on the 12th of March 2016. Either than that, the highlight of my career is the fact that it is such a good time to be alive.
Where can our readers follow your work?
I have an art page on Facebook titled Sikelela Damane.