Feelings in plastic

Mbongeni Buthelezi's latest exhibition of melted plastic "paintings" explore the feelings that have characterised his life.
Posted 5 Sep 10 By Design Indaba Creative Work / Design News Comments

Imizwa Yami, translated as “my feelings”, is the title of Mbongeni Buthelezi’s exhibition that runs until 30 September 2010 at the William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley. Buthelezi’s creations use layers of coloured plastic that have been melted together with a heat gun.

The exhibition is an exploration of the artist’s South African experience. Through his pieces of children playing, attending school or people going about their daily lives, Buthelezi deconstructs his childhoodand proposes to reflect the “profoundly empathetic vision of his world”.

Drawing inspiration from culture, music (especially jazz) and his religious background, his work succeed in projecting some of the emotions associated with growing up in a lively township environment.