The metal plate retains a trace of every successive stage of etching and carving, recording a process of spontaneous change and development.And new and unexpected images are born out of the process of exploring various printmaking methods.I explore symbols of hope surviving in the face of nature’s disasters and human destructiveness. I have recently experimented with abstractions of thoughts and images taken from daily life.
May’s imagery comes from her personal collection of 35mm photographs or family albums to reinterpret memories in traditional methods. Her most recent work focuses on plant and flower based incorporated imagery with a hidden theme of memory.Individuals’ lives are built through their personal experiences and associations compiled within their memories and every day life. May seeks to explore these memories through means of interpreting thoughts onto paper with printmaking techniques.
Phumelele Tshabalala was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied Fine and Applied Arts at Tshwane University of Technology specializing in Printmaking and Painting. He moved to New York to complete his MFA in Visual Art at SUNY Purchase College. He is currently living and practicing in Los Angeles , California. He interdisciplinary artist, creating socio-reflective figurative work that is primarily concerned about the human condition in light of social injustice. He is influenced by a lineage of South African artists who use art as a weapon to combat the atrocities like apartheid. Post-Apartheid he is amongst contemporary South African artists producing works that re-construct, re-claim, re-fine and refer to a new collective cultural identity. He uses the body as a site of expression and resistance; in some works the black body is a signifier and marker, deeply rooted in historical narratives that are not easily embraced. He is committed and dedicated to going beyond mere formal questions of making, but aims straight at the heart of who he is, what is going on around him and what he can do to make a difference. He believes in art that is not just an expression of individual satisfaction however a conceptually/technically belligerent and educative art for all.