The Masquerades, 2021 | Thokozani Mthiyane
The masquerades, are an ontological phenomenon in my creation and the creative process itself. It is the return of the spirits, the dance of the spirits, masquerades echoes and calls to my ongoing theme of works titled the circle is not round which in a variation of themes that talks about the creation of time and space. The allusions to the mask; the mandala indicates the ritualistic nature of being as a spiritual phenomenon- the concept is informed by the religiosity of my spiritual consciousness, the rituals of being and becoming.
The circle is not round references the Enso circle, a Japanese spiritual practice of painting a circle with one brush stroke where by the quest is to achieve a perfect circle thus reflecting on the innate state of the artist. the mandala becomes a center of the alter, where thought on wellbeing and growth are focused on balancing the mind body and spirits; achieved through concentrated chants and complimentary music that I listen to during the process of painting.
The poetry is the everlasting symbol of sculpture in words, whilst painting is the unrelenting sound of the soul’s countenance made visible through artworks. This is what signifies the innate activities of my being, my mind, body and spirit. It is energy concentrated on meditation for the manifestations of healing. The visibility is in the brush stroke, meeting the lines, and symbols, the masquerades are angels; their shadows (albeit illuminated) amadlozi, are the transitional stage between mere mortals and the higher realm(s) whose essence is the balancing of our existential phenomenon. The material and spiritual aesthetics of being is pure and the ultimate desire is attaining a sense of balance between the material and spiritual.