Am I A Hero Now?/!,

This recent body work is a metaphorical representation of a personal research of observing my birthplace and current home in relation to the gender roles found in a home, and the knowledge that comes with creating an identity inspired by the dominant role of the Queen chess piece. The game of chess consists of the main characters, the king and the queen, which are supported by the other characters such as the knight, bishop, rook and pawns. ‘Am I A Hero Now?’ comes into play as it allows the viewer to create a personal relation to the focal pieces in my recent body of work. Initially the narrative pays focus to an observed king that is positioned as the strongest piece in the game in
relation to the Queen, this notion is observed in my earlier body of work, ‘Umsebenzi wendoda’ which moves swiftly with female portraits and later formed the portraits of a young King called the, ‘James Series”. I have metaphorically positioned myself as the subject, in relation to creating my own identity, interrogating the role of the king from the point of the observer and creating an unlike depiction of the Queen.

Initially the role of the Queen is subjected to protect the King. The way it moves in comparison to its counterpart gives light to the question of being ‘A Hero Now’. The conversation between the King and Queen is observed in the cohesive visual narrative of the charcoal drawings, as James allows one to
engage with the journey of the chosen King. He is positioned into power through the protection of the dominant chess piece. A King that observes and centres his glory around the bestowed Queen. In the soft charcoal drawings, James the King portrays my personal journey of understanding the role I play
and the responsibility that comes with this new identity. An identity that acknowledges the role of the Queen and the other pieces that have impacted the success of the King. Am I A Hero Now! depicts the force of the observed characters in creating a new identity for the king through a subjective visual depiction of the observant King.

My whole life you watched me from afar

Charcoal drawing on canvas
100x200cm
Signed “21
R63 750

Help me see who I can be

Charcoal drawing on canvas
100x200cm
Signed “21
R63 750

How does it feel to be on your own

Charcoal drawing on canvas
100x200cm
Signed “21
R63 750

Mama says kneel and pray

Charcoal drawing on canvas
100x200cm
Signed “21
R63 750

Mama said hold your head up high

Charcoal drawing on canvas
100x200cm
Signed “21
R63 750

You can’t steal what God has given me

Charcoal drawing on canvas
100x200cm
Signed “21
R63 750

Feels like I’ve been here before

Charcoal drawing on canvas
100x200cm
Signed “21
R63 750

Mama said hold your head up high

Charcoal drawing on canvas
100x200cm
Signed “21
R63 750

It’s the right time to begin again, maybe win again

Acrylic on canvas
150x248cm
Signed “21
R108 375

You’ve got nothing to lose

Acrylic on canvas
150x225cm
Signed “21
R102 000

You’ve got nothing to lose

150x160cm
Signed “21
R89 250

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