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SICELO ZIQUBU (article first published : 2004-02-16)

World according to an artist, the first solo exhibition by Sicelo Ziqubu, to run in the NSA’s Mezzanine & Park Gallery.

Sicelo Ziqubu lives and works in Charlestown, a part of the greater Newcastle Municipality, in Northern KZN. Prior to his relocation to Charlestown, Sicelo was Art Gallery Assistant at the Carnegie Art Gallery in Newcastle. He has appeared on numerous group exhibitions locally and abroad, including the Northern Natal Biennale and recently the national touring exhibition, Untold Stories of Magic. His work is represented in the collections of the Carnegie Art Gallery (Newcastle), Museum Stadthof Zwolle (Netherlands), the Tatham Art Gallery (Pietermaritzburg) and the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

The artist’s highly idiosyncratic mixed media works are made using discarded and waste material. The show comprises sculptural pieces, made entirely from found materials, and paintings with “homemade” integrated frames. His subject matter ranges from recollections from a traditional upbringing, to depictions of historic events. Some show thoughts and beliefs based on Biblical stories.

Sicelo Ziqubu states that “The whole idea (of my work) is to provoke good thoughts from any viewer, old and young alike, to start moving away from dumping carelessly and throwing away even reusable items. The exhibition is a showcase of the world according to me, as an artist”.

World according to an artist opens in the NSA Gallery on February 17 at 18h00. The exhibition closes on March 7 at 18h00. This exhibition was made possible by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.




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