New Murals by Faith47 in South Africa and London.
Faith47 has always been paying attention. The Capetown-based street artist grew up with a strong awareness of her physical surroundings, nurtured by a mother who taught her about the sounds and colors of nature. Beyond her household, she was held captive by the deep contradictions that have warped South Africa, including the natural wealth and systemic poverty and persistent racial mistrust in the post-apartheid “Rainbow Nation”.
Artist Faith47 has been busy the last few months with new works popping up in her native South Africa and in locations around London. The artist is known for her use of existential symbolism to comment on nature and the human condition, specifically the struggle of many South Africans who grapple with injustice, poverty, and inequality.
“I was traumatised to some degree. It took me a while to sift through the impressions and experiences that I’d witnessed. Not only first-hand experiences, but things that happened to close friends of mine and society in general. I dug into the country to feel the sand and grit that made the madness of the headlines a reality.The world’s chaos and the sea of desperation.The violent crime and ignorance contrasted with a profound open heartedness.
The contradictions were confusing. I felt somehow responsible and helpless. I felt shame for the color of my skin. In retrospect i know that is not a healthy reaction, but I think this country twists you up like that. I channeled a lot of my introspection through my work, it’s been a form of psychotherapy and I’ve got a much clearer vision now. I see the situation in South Africa as a microcosm of the world. The extreme gap between rich and poor. Geographical red and green zones.
History repeats itself. There is no physical answer to this human condition. Our human nature is such that unless we understand our internal nature we won’t be able to find balance in the external world. I think my work now is dealing with the subtle universal laws that underlie everything like a sacred geometric pattern. The mystical and unknown, dreamtime, the endless layers of realities. I’m bored of the surface. I want to go swimming.” – Faith47
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