From a drawing to embroidery
What begins as pencil on paper in a sketchbook ends as wool in a choir with needle framed and hung on walls in bedrooms and comfort spaces.
We are multifaceted
S’miso Skosana’s hands bring to life faces in between the worlds of abstract, portraiture and figurative art. The subjects of the artworks that breathe in his drawings and live in the embroidery are multifaceted. This multidimensional aspect is realized through the layering of colour, shape and line.
Our tiny is important too
The attention to detail to the tiny things that make the big picture is significant and aids in unifying every fragment of the artworks. By focusing on the outline of the subjects’ lips as well as the lines that carefully lead to every corner, Skosana provides visibility to what is often overlooked on people’s faces. The tiny matters because Skosana’s hands allow it to.
Not just faces
However, the subjects are not just faces. They are also our faces, integral parts of who we are. They are stories of our heritage: our names, the follicles of our hair and the roots of our family trees. And the titles of the artworks are the voices that chant the importance of our names and history.
Always remember who you are
Khumbula IgamaLakho means remember your name. We think that this is the message that Skosana wants you to carry home and think about in your silent moments. The artworks are a reminder of who we are and a call to remember those who named us. In addition to this, do not lose yourself in who the world knows you as so the world always finds you knowing who you are and owning that blessing bestowed upon you in your name.
‘Cabanga ngamehlo engqondo’ – S’miso Skosana. This is Dweba.
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