Summary Of ' What Do You Do T ' Mbeki ' Essay

1679 Words Oct 5th, 2016 7 Pages
Daphney Sihwa
African Art
What do you do T. Mbeki?
Dr. Ola

The artwork entitled ‘What Do You Do T. Mbeki?’ by the artist Rose Kgoete was created for the Mapula Embroidery project. Mapula meaning “mother of rain”, was a project intended to address the awful poverty among women in Winterveld, an area North of Pretoria in South Africa. These women were encouraged to work on subject matters that were not usually addressed in public so this was their way of speaking out. The image by Rose is a representation of the social and economic problems affecting the people of South Africa and the image was created when Thabo Mbeki was president hence posing the question, which is the title of the artwork. The artwork however is not given with specific dates of when it was created and the scale that was used.

The artwork is in 2D and shaped more like a square with rough edges. It contains colorful and bright figures ranging from the primary colors red, blue and yellow to secondary colors such as green, purple and orange. The artist uses thick, thin, straight, rough and diagonal lines to allow some features like the clothes on the human figures to stand out. This artwork is made by a combination of figures that together build the story and has a focal point, which is emphasized by the use of a large picture of T Mbeki. Most of these figures are accompanied by descriptive captions. All these attributes combined allow unity of the artwork making it easier for the viewer to relate the…

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