Embolden VI

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Kimathi Mafafo:

Medium:

Hand Embroidered Fabric, 2019

Dimensions:

45cm x 60cm

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ABOUT KIMATHI MAFAFO

Kimathi Mafafo is a multidisciplinary artist whose practise ranges from embroidery and oil painting to installation. Born in the semi-arid Kimberley in the Northern Cape of South Africa, Mafafo’s verdant imaginings, characterized by lush greenery and sensuous drapery, are far removed from the dusty mining town where she grew up.

Mafafo’s father G. Rocky Mafafo, a respected water-colourist, encouraged his children to take art classes at the local William Humphreys Museum in Kimberly. She affectionately recalls wandering around the collections of 16th and 17th-century Dutch still-life paintings, entranced by the vitality of their colours and their exquisite level of detail. Inspired by the technicality of these works and under the watchful eye of her father, Mafafo became a technically exacting artist. She went on to obtain a National Diploma in Fine Arts from the College of Cape Town in 2007 and a National Diploma in Film and Video from Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2016.

While her compositions may burst with riotous plant life each leaf and frond remain meticulously executed. Her compositions are seductive in their level of detail yet remain curiously flat, emphasizing their highly staged nature and the narrative element, which is central to her work.

Her imagery is partly guided by her desire to celebrate the black female form, inspiring women to embrace their own worth and beauty. Her earliest works are partly autobiographical and tell the story of a woman withdrawing from the urban lifestyle and finding strength in nature and within herself. Mafafo works alongside Mustapha Saadu – a tailor from Ghana – with whom she has collaborated on a series of embroideries telling stories of women trapped under the weight of tradition and not fully realizing their worth. Embroidery is an ancient transcendent, and Kimathi as an emerging female artist, has found solace in the art form, transforming herself and her artwork.

Recently, the artist has organized a group of Capetonian woman into an informal traditional embroidery society. The group embroider art pieces derived from her inspiration and artwork. In her own words, “the embroidery process is therapeutic, offering a platform to tackle gender issues and share advice as single parents.” As a group, it is their dream to attract more women to empower young females. Inspired by stories of women around her, Mafafo likens the woman in her narratives to flowers slowly blossoming against all odds, subtly criticising traditional gender roles while at the same time encouraging women to realize their own strength.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

‘EMBOLDEN’ AT EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2018

SOLO PRESENTATION AT INVESTEC CAPE TOWN ART FAIR, EBONY/CURATED, BOOTH S5,CTICC, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2017

‘ALONE IN SPRING’, EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2015

‘WITHDRAWN’, WORLD ART, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

‘FEMINIST UTOPIA’ CURATED BY ANELISA MANGCU, EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 

LATITUDES ART FAIR (VIRTUAL REPRESENTATION), EBONY/CURATED, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 

1-54 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART FAIR, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 

INVESTEC CAPE TOWN ART FAIR, EBONY/CURATED, BOOTH A12, SOUTH AFRICA

2019

‘ANGEL’, ST ANTOINE CHURCH, IN ASSOCIATION WITH MUSE CONTEMPORARY, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

‘SPOTLIGHT’, LATITUDES ART FAIR, EBONY/CURATED, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

‘BOTANICA II’, CURATED BY ADELE VAN HEERDEN FOR ART B GALLERY, BELLVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA

‘TEXTILE’, CURATED BY AMY PIKE FOR DYMAN GALLERY, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

‘FILLING IN THE GAPS’, IZIKO SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

INVESTEC CAPE TOWN ART FAIR, EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

‘CONNECTIONS’, GREATMORE STUDIOS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2018

‘ALSO KNOWN AS AFRICA’ (AKAA) 2018 EBONY/CURATED, PARIS, FRANCE

‘SUMMER EXHIBITION’, EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2017

‘COLOURCHART’, EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

‘TURBINE ART FAIR’, EBONY/CURATED STAND, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

‘ART AFRICA FAIR’, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

‘A PAINTING TODAY’, STEVENSON, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2016

‘TURBINE ART FAIR’, EBONY/CURATED STAND, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

‘SUMMER EXHIBITION’, EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

THE BETH RUDIN DEWOODY COLLECTION, PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, USA

WILLIAM HUMPHREYS ART GALLERY, KIMBERLY SOUTH AFRICA

STANDARD BANK CORPORATE ART COLLECTION, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

AFRICA FIRST COLLECTION, ISRAEL

IZIKO SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA