Within my artwork, I draw inspiration from cultural objects that
hold deep significance in our traditional way of life. Growing up in a Xitsonga
tribe, I learned valuable skills from my grandmother, who taught me how to mold
clay into pots and reinforce their structures. These pots have essential roles
in rituals, ceremonies, and everyday life, particularly in storing water. From
a young age, my grandmother instilled in me the values of hard work and the
importance of preserving our heritage.
With each new body of work I create, my artistic journey
evolves, but the underlying message remains constant: "protect and
safeguard the knowledge of our forefathers, and you will never forget who you
are." I consider it a privilege to possess this knowledge and to serve as
a custodian of our traditions.
Through my art, I strive to convey the richness of our cultural heritage,
bridging the past and present. By incorporating elements from my Xitsonga
tribe, I aim to honor the wisdom passed down through generations. In doing so,
I hope to raise awareness about the importance of preserving our traditions and
encourage others to cherish their own cultural identities.
By exploring the themes of identity, heritage, and the
significance of cultural objects, my artwork invites viewers to reflect on
their own connections to their roots and the value of preserving cultural knowledge.
I hope to inspire a sense of pride and appreciation for the diverse cultural
tapestry that makes up our society.