16 Sep A3E Artist Profile: Amogelang Maepa
10and5 is dedicated to bringing you talent from across the South African creative industry by providing a platform for emerging creatives to showcase their work to a wider audience. Driven by this dedication, we have put together a new initiative, the Artist Acceleration and Exposure Programme (A3E), which aims to upskill emerging artists across South Africa, offers a platform for talented artists to reach new markets, and helps them break into the art scene.
Amogelang Maepa (24) was born in a small town called Mabopane, in Tswane. She first studied art in 2009 at Die Hoerskool Langenhoven, and then furthered her studies at the Tshwane University of Technology where she majored in Ceramics and Printmaking. The young artist got her national diploma certificate from the University in 2017. Soon after that, she started exhibiting her work at different art institutions for the world to see.
In 2018, Maepa’s artwork was showcased at the Joburg Fringe; an independent art fair that was first launched in 2008, complementing the FNB Art Joburg Fair, an artist-run initiative that honours the inner city with a petite yet potent history.
Maepa focuses mainly on creating sculptures. Each artwork is accompanied by a short poem to help the consumer understand the work better.
“I am the storm, you are some strange intention, all I hear is violence and violins, tears-spilt milk I did this for you, breathe out to me, breathe it into me, breath through me, writing in blood on my walls again.”
“Flying to the Venus, dreaming about heroin, dedicating a rose garden, I bleed to please you, when I am on my knees, You are how I pray, I will be lying if I said I wasn’t sick of it, It’s my blood again.”
“Yes, my drums are beating nightly, The rhythm never changes, you have forgotten how to speak to me, cancel all vows, I will be with you in the squeezing of a lemon, this thing heals me”
We are excited to have Maepa’s as one of our A3E artists. Evidently, she has a lot to offer and contribute towards South Africa’s art and creative scene.