Scattering of resources, misrepresented relief
Curated by Amohelang Mohajane
He believes that making art is a vehicle for the expression of his thoughts, memories and everyday life experiences. Growing up in a rural village has offered him the perfect opportunity to observe nature, that includes animals and birds especially the African pied crows. His work is mostly inspired by nature and his environment.
His work explores the everyday life experiences, thoughts and memories including socio-political issues, identity, inequalities, Social-status within the social-political spheres. He investigates the way our identities have been imagined and shaped within a social and political commentary in the country. Furthermore, the challenges facing us in our everyday life as South Africans. His art-making process combines ready-made objects, manipulated polymer, metal and soil. His is interested in using children as a symbol of hope and strength. Objects are juxtaposed and placed in dialogue to stimulate a certain emotional response in the viewer. Birds and found objects such as shovel are used as symbols and metaphors. Simultaneously, the work is also open-ended and allows the viewer to interpret it in terms of his or her own experiences and personal narratives.
Theophelus Rikhotso – Untitled – 2020 – R7500