Nature is Louder

a National Arts Festival project

‘Nature is Louder’ is a project focused on 2D Street Art in Makhanda.

With the provocation “Nature is always louder” we invite 4 street artists to Makhanda for a 2-week period of listening and making. This will start mid-June and be completed during the Live National Arts Festival 2021.

The sites are at first walls; however, we consider the wall, the surrounding environment, the living and non-living in the environment, the memory, the promises, the subjective and intimate experiences of the artist, all as part of the site the artists are invited to work in. The site then is alive and full and the artist brings themselves into this as another layer.

Each artist is on their own site, but each artists’ process is understood as in conversation with each other. Simultaneous growing, renewing, discarding.

Genre: Visual Art

Format: Graffiti

Ages: All ages

Duration: From 15 June 2021 onwards

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Mr Fuzzy Slipperz

South African visual artist Lisolomzi Pikoli aka Mr Fuzzy Slipperz works across multiple mediums, including murals, installation, drawing and painting. Fuzzy Slipperz’ work predominantly explores relationships; relationships between people, between urban and rural spaces, and in this project, the relationship between humans and the natural environment. His mural will be positioned next to the Link Street Taxi rank, on a main road in the town, a busy commuters hub. In our fast changing, modern world where nature is often abused, Pikoli’s work brings nature to the forefront, making it and our relationship to nature as humans, unignorable.

Location:  Link Street Taxi rank, cnr Link Street and Raglan Road

Mr Fuzzy Slipperz is painting from 15 – 22nd June.

Ralarno Coutts

Johannesburg-based Ralarno Coutts took a major interest in street art after graduating from the University of Johannesburg. Gaining experience while working alongside street artists Dbongs and Dekor One, Coutts was commissioned to transform part of the Jewel City precinct by painting two murals for I am Saint Rose and Black Village Kid. In February 2021, Coutts was invited to Salt River, Cape Town to take part in Baz-Art’s International Public Art Festival. Here Coutts formed part of a group of 23 artists both national and international and helped fill up the small Salt River community with colour, based on a theme of sustainability.

Location: Cradock Road Bridge, Somerset street

Ralarno is painting from 2 – 16 July.

Sanelisiwe Singaphi

Based in Gqebera, Eastern Cape, Sanelisiwe is a former 2x top 100 finalist for the national art competition SASOL new Signatures 2017 + 2018. She graduated her BVA at Nelson Mandela University (Cum Lauder)) in 2019. She recently participated at the 2021 BAZ Art hosted, International Public Art Festival (IPAF) in Salt River, Cape Town. Her most recent works are the illustrations for the children’s picture books entitled ‘In Africa with Avi and Kumbi’ written by Dr. Nomalanga Mkhize ( Khize wamaZambezi), 2020; and the book ‘Qhawe! Mokgadi Caster Semenya’ written by Prof. Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang, 2021.

Location: Intersection of Knight and Cawood Streets

Sanelisiwe is painting from 3 – 16 July.

Mook Lion

Mook Lion is a street artist who is passionate about creating socially conscious art in public spaces. Although from a creative family, it was only when he started oil painting in matric that he decided on a career in art. Graffiti “spoke” to him and he started blending street art and murals with graffiti. Relevancy and meaning are important to him when deciding on what to do and he puts in a lot of research before the start of an artwork. He’s inspired by nature and the environment and he uses this to combine academic fine art and graffiti. Mook Lion states that art in public spaces is meant to perform a social and cultural function by beautifying or repurposing wasted space and by communicating with the public around social injustices. Born in Johannesburg, Mook Lion lived in Durban for a while but has just relocated to Makhanda, Eastern Cape. Top First Year Fine Art Student (2009), he graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Fine Art from the Durban University of Technology (2012) and completed his Master’s degree at the same institution in 2018. Involved in over forty murals and street art projects, he often works collaboratively with experienced artists and community members.

Location: Cock House, cnr George and Market streets

Mook Lion is painting from 2 – 16 July.