‘Interface – a surface forming a common boundary of 2 bodies, regions, or phases. The place at which (diverse) independent systems meet and communicate with each other.’
‘Interface’ began with 100 blank canvases arranged on the wall at the arts and cultural centre Guga’Sthebe in Langa, Cape Town. The work evolved over the period of a month as the blank canvases were replaced with life studies of people who passed through the space.
As well as creating my own work, visitors were provided with art materials and then invited to contribute to the collective project journal. Sitters witnessed their portrait being rendered in real time and were then able to choose where it was placed in the ever-evolving composition.
Living and working in another part of the city, ‘Interface’ served as an exploration that was out of my comfort zone within an area that was unfamiliar to me. It was a process that forced the breakdown of cultural boundaries, inviting interactions that were direct, reflective and intimate.