I am orgigionally from South Africa, been living in London for eight years! I love the multiculturalism of london and the acceptance of people who express themselves in different ways!! I recently my Mixed Media Fine Art Degree where I specialised in video and video editing using Final Cut Pro, where I put together fun and thought provoking pieces of work. I try to explore issues of identity through fun but underlying serious performance art. My Critical evaluation for my last piece entitled 'Margret and the Pikinin 2006' In my work I look at my ‘privileged position’ and question the notions of privilege and prejudice. Catholic guilt, white South African guilt, middle class guilt are all aspects that concern me and are areas I seek to explore in my work. A struggle to reconcile feelings of imperfection and alienation have appeared in my previous works such as ‘Writing on me’, where I invited members of the audience to write impressions of me directly onto my body. In altering any compliments into insults I engaged in the act of self-loathing. Trying to reconcile a perceived position of privilege - as a white South African - with personal experiences of the underprivileged (my teeth are false, my toes aren’t straight, I wish I could be acceptably thin and not burn red…) has now become source for my work. Confronting the issue of having a black nanny and therefore focusing on my naivety I look at my relationship with her. She saved her sanity as well as mine by carrying out her role as a nanny and loving and caring for me, protecting my innocence from the socio political aspect of our relationship. I am reminiscing and contemplating. As if I was constantly carrying a photograph of my Nanny like Catholics carry images of lost loved ones. I loved her and I have lost her. Through reconstructing memories I look back again at this ‘photograph’ longing to go back and find her. "I am a white, middle-class cultural hybrid. This was and is my comfortable and uncomfortable inheritance. The political and social forces beyond the confines of my family formed a system which protected and infringed on me, empowered and disempowered me, promoted and denied me. When I looked beyond my private experiences of loves and relationships, family and friends and of boy becoming man, the contradictions in this system, which divided my life from others, resulted in a cross-questioning of responsibility and complicity. This uncertainty challenged the understanding of what became ambiguous life experiences. The photographs document moments of my life within this context and date from 1962 to 1990, when most of the political prisoners were released from Robben Island." Brett Murray. The artist refers to the work ‘Guilt and Innocence’ 1998. Poignant images of Murray as a child wrapped in the old South African flag (a potent symbol of the Apartheid era), smiling and having fun. Bridget Baker’s work speaks of real and childhood experiences connected to this historical period. Carol-Anne Gainer’s ‘Performance with Beatrice Mazibuko’ 2002, focuses on humility in the act of cleansing, (washing her maids feet) revealing her ‘white guilt’ and ‘naivety’ and the questioning of equality. Reminiscent of my experiences and ‘guilt’ feelings that feed my work I can relate to and draw from these artists and their work as possible indicators. By using autobiographical and personal experiences I hope to explore my own naivety as well as the indoctrination of Catholicism. I want to explore overall structures without throwing away the love or forgiveness of sins of the catholic belief system.
Biography: Born in south africa in 1983. Came to england when i was 15 and been here ever since. Finished Mixed Media Fine art degree BA (hons) 2006.
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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