It’s not new for artists to abandon a medium they’ve been known, and sometimes celebrated, for. Before becoming famous as a painter, spray paint was the medium of choice for Jean-Michel Basquiat, who tagged “Samo” on the run-down streets of New York City. More recently, and in the same city, artist Kara Walker – known for her paper cut-outs exploring race and sexuality – stunned the art world when she revealed an over 10m-high sphinx sculpture made from a different material: bleached sugar.
But there’s something about change that is harder to grasp for those witnessing it than those creating it. When artist Nandipha Mntambo unveiled her latest body of work at Jo’burg’s Stevenson Gallery in April, the paintings hanging on display came as a surprise for those anticipating to see the cowhide sculptures she’s become renowned for.
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Image – Nandipha Mntambo (M&G)