In my work, I relook at our diverse ways of living in a South African contemporary society. I critically analyze and evaluate these ways by contemplating them with our pre-modern and post-modern society. We are challenged to adapt and survive in a society that is constantly changing. I strongly believe that I’m different in a way that people understand things from the theory whereas in my existence I visualize then create an image abstractly. On the other side being challenged by the system at school which is more dominant in the physical world, I find myself creating my own space using the headless figures of the people from where I exist, “Unknown space”. The people whom I do not know, but we understand each other in a way that we can communicate visually with the things that are happening in the physical space which is the earth.
Inkaba yami “Navel” in the Zulu culture when a child is born we take the navel and place it in the center of the kraal, being taught by the elders this is to make the child never forget his/her identity of where they are coming from. There is even a say that says “Ayikho indawo edlula ikhaya” meaning there is no place like home since the person is truly at ease when at home. The value of Inkaba Yami beyond taking the navel to the kraal is where the rituals and culture takes place where you get to connect with your ancestors spiritually on another level if you are in the home courtyard. Due to different circumstances people migrate and tend to forget their ruins and never experience the importance of Inkaba Yami.
In my work using the content of the navel, I have to re-introduce it into the unknown space by looking at the importance of not forgetting who I am and where I’m coming from. Referring to my work using the dancing figures and patterns simply symbolise the happiness of being at home where my navel is and connecting with my ancestors.