Kilmany-Jo Liversage on sell-out exhibitions and counting her blessings

Wherever she shows, she makes big waves. Kilmany-Jo Liversage, aka ORDA, speaks to us about evolution of style, globetrotting, and the give and take of site-specific installations.

Word on the street is that you’ve had a very good year?

Yes, I had a solo show at the Hayhill Gallery in Baker Street, London in May 2015 and showed at the Moniker Art Fair in October 2015. They were both sell-outs. 

You roll with your belief that “traveling for an artist is essential as it broadens one’s aesthetic knowledge”. Tell us about recent travels to create artworks?

In the last year I’ve worked on site-specific installations for Nando’s in Washington, Maryland and Chicago in the USA and Nando’s Toronto in Canada. In 2014 I made a mural for a private building in Vienna, Austria. I also made a mural for Nando’s, Virginia.This video is a flashback to a site-specific installation that I did at the Back-to-Back Biennale in Venice, Italy in 2013. In 2016 I’ll be travelling to Nando’s Calgary in Canada to create a mural on site at the restaurant. 

What do you feel you shared in each space you visited and made art? And what did you take away with you?

The fact that I’m making murals on the streets allows me to interact with the everyday person visually or through conversation. I leave with the knowledge that my artwork will be seen by people who have possibly never visited a gallery before…..and that is awesome!

As time has gone by your works have fewer tags and more mark making. They’re becoming increasingly graphic and edgier. Tell us about this evolution?

One always has to re-invent oneself as an artist in the journey forward. My aim at this moment is to take what I’ve learnt from street art and incorporate this with my love for the process of painting through mark making.

You’ve had an amazing amount of work bought by Nando’s and exhibited in their restaurants in the last few years. How do you feel about this?

My connection with Nando’s has been there since the beginning stages of my career as an artist. I would make Creative Blocks and hope that I’d be able to pay my rent at the end of the month. It’s awesome that a company like Nando’s supports artists like me in such a manner. I’m grateful! 

If you were to count the five big blessings of your career as an artist on one hand, who, where and what would feature?

  1. A UNESCO-Auschburg Bursary 2003 to do a residency in Medellin Colombia, which put me on the path of Urban Art.
  2. Worldart Cape Town, the gallery that represents me.
  3. Back-to-Back Biennale in Venice/Sardinia 2013.
  4. Nando’s Washington Bethesda mural in the USA in 2011.
  5. Moniker Art Fair 2015.

Where to from here? What are the big artistic dreams you have for the years ahead?

To keep growing as an artist and to be able to travel and work with my family by my side.

Kilmany-Jo has two upcoming solo shows that run concurrently: 30 June – 30 July 2016 at Lizamore Gallery in Johannesburg & 7 –  30 July 2016 at Worldart Gallery in Cape Town

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Orda 216, mixed media, 1.5m x 1.8m
Orda 216, mixed media, 1.5m x 1.8m
Urb-Pulsa216, 2016, mixed media, 1.5m x 1.8m
Urb-Pulsa216, 2016, mixed media, 1.5m x 1.8m
Orda 105, 2015, mixed media, 1m x 1.5m. Sold at Moniker Art Fair 2015.
Orda 105, 2015, mixed media, 1m x 1.5m. Sold at Moniker Art Fair 2015.
Urba-Illumna, 2016, mixed media, 1mx1.5m
Urba-Illumna, 2016, mixed media, 1mx1.5m

 

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