Cure :: Kagiso Pat Mautloa
"I find inspiration from the inner city of Johannesburg where found objects are collected both consciously and unconsciously. In the studio, they are given new life through the transformative process of art-making.
Through close observation and the ability to look beyond the obvious, plastic and other found containers become masks as each one evokes a unique personality”.
“Like fingerprints, the contours of the found object direct the ultimate form of the masks creating distinctive characters, landscapes each emitting their own aura, each simultaneously maintaining the memory of their original form. As the conspicuous are transformed into portraits, and profiles of the city intends to inspire the viewer to relook at their own world through creative eyes and be inspired to engage. So says the hymn Kenang Bohle Baka se sa le teng “.
About Kagiso Pat Mautloa Kagiso
Pat Mautloa, born in Ventersdorp in 1952, moved to Johannesburg as a young child. Artist Dan Rakgoathe from the Mofolo Art Centre was his first art teacher during the 1970s and after school; he completed a Diploma in Fine Art at the renowned Rorke’s Drift Art and Craft Centre emerging as part of a generation of prominent black South African artists during the 1980’s and 90s. As a founding member of the Fordsburg Bag Factory where he continues to work from his studio, Mautloa has not only been active in his own art practice throughout his career but also as a driving force to encourage and assist young artists. His work is incorporated in numerous public collections amongst other the Iziko National Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum; the Sasol, Spier and SABC art collections as well as that of various universities.