Nkosinathi Tembe

Term: November 23′-January 24′

“My work is very self-introspective,  despite the fact that I am rarely the subject matter. I look for myself in others and try to piece together that which I am not with what I am. Although my inspiration is drawn from the external world, I want to highlight the importance of perception and expression when it comes to the manner in which external stimuli affect the internal mechanisms that define us as individuals. It is not the world that defines me, but how I know the world. The nuances in every interaction, the flow of a line on a paper or canvas, and the choices behind a seemingly instinctive gesture. 

The duality of existence: the good, the bad; the beautiful, the ugly; the spoken, the unspoken. These are concepts I define as an amalgamation of personal experiences- the expression of the proximal aspects of the self converging with the distal aspects of being. At the end of the day, we are a collection of dualities constantly shifting from one end of the spectrum to the other.”

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