Day’s eye, 2020

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Oil on Canvas

CM H 120 W 85

IN H 47.24 W 33.46

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Day’s eye, 2020

Artist Statement

“Day’s eye” explores the transformation of purity and innocence to strength and force in the commercial world. As a kid growing up, an ideal man is the one who does not exhibit feminine qualities such as sensitivity and empathy. To be a man is to be dominant, strong and emotionless.

In this work, I depicted daisies as a symbol of innocence and vulnerability. This are qualities possessed by a child. The depiction of distorted faces suggests sadness and emotional isolation experienced by young boys. The boy’s privileges of exhibiting emotions are being destroyed as they grow up. To make a point, I am exploring the qualities of Hesiodic Cyclopes as a representation of strength and imprisonment of young boys by fathers. The ideas of a “man” are never constructed by contemporary men, they are only reinforced by contemporary men.

Lerato Motaung

Lerato Motaung (born in 1991 in Katlehong, Germiston) is a visual artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Following his training in drawing at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2008) and in sculpture in Katlehong Art Center (2009), he received his Diploma in Fine Arts in 2015 from the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria.

For his primary means of expression, mixed media paintings, Motaung draws inspiration from his memories informed by his life experiences in three different environments; the metropolitan area of Johannesburg where he lives and works, the suburban ambiance of Katlehong township and the rural North West Province (where he grew up).

He was a finalist of the PPC Imaginarium Awards hosted at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery (2019).

He took part in the artist-in-residency program in bed with Artists in Cape Town ( 2017), hosted by Nico Athene and sponsored by ALMA MARTHA.

His group exhibitions so far include: 

  • Latitude Art Fair and Daville Baillie Gallery ( The Black Dot) ( 2020).
  • A memory at the Centurion Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum ( 2015),
  • For sale at the Pretoria Art Museum, Tshwane (2015)
  • On Table, TUT Gallery Tshwane University of Technology ( 2014)
  • Ariel Empire, Joburg Fringe - Independent Art Fair ( 2014)
  • Creatures of Light, Freedom Park Heritage Site and Museum, Pretoria (2014)

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