17 Jul Yogi Sip Young Creators’ Network Top 15: Millandrie Molotsi
Soweto born multidimensional fine artist, Millandrie Molotsi forms part of the Creators’ Young Network top 15, which gives emerging creatives from across the country a platform to fuel their creativity.
Self-taught, Molotsi first picked up drawing when she was ten years old, but only started taking it seriously after she was selected to showcase her work at her former high school’s art exhibition, alongside students who were a few grades ahead of her. This then resulted in her taking visual art as a subject in her senior years.
Notwithstanding that her primary focus in style is abstract minimalism and line art, her work explores the representation of human beings, self-acceptance and demonstrates soft meditation textures, tones, and color.
“I believe that minimalism is about adding nothing more or less than what is essential. I draw inspiration from everyday people’s stories, how people express, define, and carry themselves. In addition, I find pleasure in simple aesthetics,” she expresses.
Being part of the top 15 is a major step to greener pastures for the 22-year-old, she says being selected has boosted her confidence as an artist and motivated her to be better at a craft.
“I hope to become a full-time artist as I have always dreamed. I look forward to leveling up my craft in the field of design and functionality. I find artists to be major voices to everyday life experiences. We are the gateway to a brighter future, it is our responsibility to listen, experiment, and speak up for those who cannot. We must use our abilities to express ourselves as a tool to heal our generation and more to come. I make sure I create a space of comfort for people to find a safe haven within themselves.”
“There are so many great artists in different fields that I look up to, namely; Karabo Poppy, Lulama Wolf, Dear Ribane, Keneilwe Mothoa, Dokter and Misses, Carol Boyse, African Ginger, and Yay Abe, just to name a few. Carol Boyse has also played a huge influence in my minimal work,” she adds.
The day her craft becomes an essential part of people’s everyday lives is the day she will claim her success. She further adds that she has a dream of owning multiple galleries across the continent.