Babalwa Mhlauli

Lovelight flower Babalwa

Lovelight Shining Brightly

My art work is a conversation piece of the South African Narrative that has never had the opportunity to be told fully. The main theme in all the art pieces is love. It extends beyond boundaries, it creates bridges amongst different nations, speaking different languages in different countries because love is the only unifying component that all persons relate to, and love is what keeps us glued together no matter how big our differences may be. One relishes the idea of a global village that is filled with peace, unity and connectedness, especially when one has grown up in a society whose government was nothing but cruel.

 

The art pieces are very layered and come in different sizes. They are bold, with bright colors symbolising the vibrant spirit of joy and Ubuntu found in African Communities. They depict love of one's family, community and our world. Ubuntu implies "I am, because you are."

 

The art pieces are unique and diverse. I use mixed media when creating them, including objects that may be otherwise thrown away. Environmental degradation and especially Global warming are threats to humanity, and this is the awareness that the art seeks to awaken in the human spirit.

 

One also finds musical pieces in the artwork because during apartheid, while we were banned from speaking publicly about politics, music became our salvation. Protest songs were composed, and were frequently sung during demonstrations. Through music we found healing, inspiration and the strength to continue, until we succeeded, and won our glorious victory over apartheid. Music is a also a universal language that keeps us happy and united globally.

 

The art work is a reminder of where we come from, where we are and where we are going as a people.