Kagiso Patrick Mautloa finds inspiration from the inner city of Johannesburg, where he collects found objects 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, each emitting their own aura, each simultaneously maintaining the memory of their original form. As the conspicuous are transformed into portraits, Mautloa intends to inspire the viewer to relook at their own world through creative eyes.
Urban Mask is made up of 15 multi-block woodcuts, inspired by Mautloa’s masks. In order to create the woodcuts, images of the masks were deconstructed and re-interpreted for print. Each work consists of up to 5 layers, from wood blocks that were carved and printed by hand onto cotton substrate, which is then stretched onto canvas stretchers rather than framed.
The 15 prints are made to be viewed as a single work with variable dimensions, allowing for much freedom in the installation. However, each part, being an individual print, remains its own synthesis of colour, the woodcut technique and stylistic presentation.
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Kagiso Patrick Mautloa
Multi-block woodcut on WECC 300gsm
Edition of 10