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Transcript of SFISO KAMKAME
HIS REPRESENTATION WITH AN ABSTRACT APPROACH FOCUSES ON ISSUES OF SPIRITUAL SURVIVAL & BELIEFS ASSOCIATED WITH DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS OF TRADITION AND CULTURE
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES
to create his figures. This disallows the figures to have a distinct race, or culture. In doing this as well as his use of
(repitition of geometric shapes) in both of the figures, KaMkame is suggesting the idea that all humans are joined together, and that we should be unified.
His poor illusion of
, that makes the image flat and look
unnatural, reminds us that he is speaking of the unnatural world that is the spiritual realm.
His background has been created by using an African-looking
, just like the figures. This symbolizes the fact that we're all connected to Africa.
Monday, February 17, 2014
African Art & Spirituality
Ancestral Spirits, 2002
Sfiso kaMkame's intention is to express the importance of communication with the ancestors as well as the over all significance of the spiritual realm.
His figures resemble traditional African masks. These masks were used during spiritual dances & performances and allowed the person who wore the mask, as well as their audience, to move to a higher spiritual plane [ie. to transcend]
kaMkame believes that all humans, African & European, belong to this spiritual realm, along with all human ancestors.
The mouths of these masks create passages for the words of the spirits to move and the eyes saw the human world, stored that memory, and showed it to 'other worlds'
KaMkame applies the pastel and uses thick impasto layers, then scrapes/scratches those layers away using a loose blade.
The use of this technique can be seen as a metaphor for the layering and the build-up pf generations of spiritual knowledge possessed by the ancestors.
Also, pastel is a material accessible to all, rich & poor. The use of this material symbolizes unity.
2-in-1-faces : this image profoundly expresses that our ancestors are always with/in us and are constantly talking to and guiding us as we lead our lives.
scarred faces : this is a tradition that still stands within many Zulu families to this day, which is an initiation for young kids.
Sfiso KaMkame is influenced by artists like
They collaborated to create "strikingly deep visual effects that allude to layering of histories building up to present".
Sfiso KaMKame "borrows" western philosophies to create a blend of cultures that speak to one another.
He is also influenced by
Desmoiselle d'Avignon (1907 CUBISM)
The Reckless Sleeper (1927 SURREALISM)
that talk about dreams, prayer, creativity and imagination.