‘African rituals, sangamas, witch doctors are all part of the African tradition, and therefore play an important role in the arts, even if artists don’t always deliberately use them in their work.’
Based in Johannesburg, expressionist painter Sarah Tabane (1968) is especially interested in black and white contrasts. During her stay in the studio, she concentrated on making etchings and drawings in Siberian chalk. In aggressive strokes, the large drawings show hands, heads and other bodily parts jostling one another. Nearly all of the drawings are ‘crowded’ and seem to burst out of the frame.
Sarah Tabane and Diane Paulse together were the first guests to take up residence in the Thami Mnyele Foundation Studio, in 1992.