1. Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am an artist, a student and a teacher.
2. Did you study formally, and if so, how did this inform your career?
I studied for a year at Unisa before moving to the University of the Free State (UFS) where I completed my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in fine arts. I am currently reading for my PhD in fine arts. My academic work as a lecturer at UFS and my career as an artist are intertwined and support each other.
3. How do you feel about being chosen as a judge for the PPC Imaginarium Awards?
I believe that being a judge is a learning experience that will filter down to my students as well as my own artwork.
4. What key aspects will you be looking at when judging contestants’ work?
I would be concerned with the technical aspects, conceptual depth and clarity and overall presentation of the work.
5. What are your thoughts on art and design in South Africa and Africa as a whole?
South Africa and Africa have world-class artists. But what amazes me is that the top students and young, up-and-coming artists produce artworks that are just as good as any produced in First World countries that have far more facilities, equipment and mentors than we have.
6. What do you think about the future of art and design in South Africa?
Art in South Africa is in a precarious position in that it is not yet recognised as 'proper research', but rather as a 'research equivalent'. For example, if you are a researcher producing articles and publishing books you are better supported financially. Once art is better supported at an academic level, I believe that art production and quality within the country will be positively affected. Artists are forever problem-solving, and this often just makes their work even better.
7. What advice would you give young and up-and-coming designers and artists?
My advice would be find what you love doing in the art field and stick with it.
8. What has been the highlight of your career?
Winning the Runner-up prize at Sasol New Signature 2014 was absolutely awesome.