One of the best things we did when we moved full time to Miami Beach a few years ago was to join business and cultural groups. Within a short period of time we had big groups of friends with diversified interests.
One group that has been very rewarding is the Fountainhead Residency and Studios. Founded and operated by Kathryn and Dan Mikesell, several artists from around the world are invited/sponsored to Miami to create works of art in a new social environment.
We have met very interesting artists, mostly young folks who have had some success so far. One gal, Shatha Al-deghady, was from Cairo so she really gave us a great overview of Egypt before we left for our trip. She is beautiful and her art is very experimental—belly buttons and scars. More about her later this week. Her work is being showcased at the Miami Art Fair.
The work I wanted to share with you today was created by Dada Khanyisa, a very young female artist from Joburg (Johannesburg). She is now based in Cape Town. The Johannesburg gallery that represents Dada will be featuring her work at Art Basel in the new Miami Convention Center. Look for Stevenson Gallery. She is a graduate from the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
We were amazed when we saw Dada’s work. Her focus is texture and multiple dimensions. She creates sculptural paintings and relate-able objects. The objects include re-interpreted wall units, figurines, reconstructed sneakers, digital illustrations and sometimes a tattoo on someone.
In her own words, “Most of the work I produce is about the black experience; the weight of the content is based on the currency of memories. I enjoy focusing on what people neglect or take for granted- their daily tasks and what was part of their growing experience. The work acts as a social mirror with some distortions which are fueled by the imagination and a particular agenda.”
I’m not sure what that all means but the multi-dimensional work Eliot and I love have a “selfie” photo aspect to it.