Artist Statement

Amogelang Maepa

“I mostly work with clay, which I dig up from a river close by to my studio during the rainy seasons – this allows for the clay to soften and become finer as the water purifies the clay. Through the experimentation of clay, I have learned how to use this organic medium, by learning what clays should be mixed and what works well together. There is a fluidity in my process as well as very technical and scientific approach when it comes to glazing and firing the ceramics, the outcome is never known and that excites me. This process has helped me develop a natural language and relationship with the medium, which has now become instinctual and ritualistic in my everyday experiences.

My sculptures are fused with poetry, which demonstrates my personal experiences – they portray the more intimate and honest parts of myself. The poems are there to ignite a connection with the audience and at the same time to spike a conversation. Being honest in my poetry helps me to define my artworks and their forms. To a degree, I am handing over my true self through these artworks.”

Amogelang Maepa