Meet Kgodisho Moloto. A Limpopo-born Visual Artist and Fine Art post-graduate from Tshwane University of Technology. She is currently a Curator Intern at the Polokwane Art Museum. Her artwork is showcasing at the Artists of Limpopo Exhibition. Kgodisho spent some time with Tenacity Magazine’s Karabo Maila to discuss her artwork, future prospects and winning the 2019 Sasol New Signatures Merit award.
Please kindly tell us who is Kgodisho Moloto?
I was born in a small village called Ga-Makgopa, Limpopo. I am an introvert and I spent most of my time indoors doing schoolwork. My strict parents raised a focused woman with determination to achieve. I am proud to say my parents raised a winner.
Tell us about your educational journey.
I started school at Makgopa Primary, matriculated at Phafane Senior Secondary and I completed a post-graduate degree of BTech in Fine Art from Tshwane University of Technology.
How did you get into art?
I developed passion for creative art from a young age, doing sketches and doodling in high school during free periods. I grew up thinking it was a norm for kids to be playful with their artistic creation.
Congratulations for winning Merit Award at Sasol New Signatures; what was the competition all about?
Sasol New Signatures competition is a platform for unknown artists to break into the mainstream. Artists are able to submit artworks in all artistic mediums including photography, performance art, video and installations.
Tell us about your experience of the competition.
It was such an amazing and thrilling experience. I felt honoured to be chosen amongst 88 people who showcased their artworks at the Pretoria Arts Museum. I felt like it was a dream come true after I was announced as a Merit award winner for my artwork.
How did the Sasol New Signatures impact your career?
Sasol New Signatures competition is a national platform that gave me exposure to showcase my artwork at Artists of Limpopo Exhibition.
What are your preferred mediums?
I prefer mixed mediums depending on my mood and sense of feeling I want for specific three dimensional artwork. Sculptures and drawings are my preferred mediums, and I am going to make video performances where I use myself as a subject matter. I like exploring a lot with new mediums that speaks my language.
What do you use to create your work?
I use pot scrubs, steel wool, plastics and wool for my sculptures artwork. For my drawings I prefer using pens, colored pens and charcoal.
What is your motto in life?
I live by the motto that says: “Art is like a baby, you take care of it now and it will eventually take care of you in the future.” Those are the words of my former lecturer Mr Jan van Der Merwe.
Which pieces are showcasing at Artists of Limpopo Exhibition?
I am showcasing my sculptural drawings and a sculpture.
What advice can you give to someone who want to follow in your footsteps?
I want to share with Limpopo art enthusiasts that art is not only about selling your work. It is about letting your art speak on your behalf and representing you.
How can our readers find you and your establishment on social media?
They can simply find me on the following social media platforms:
Facebook: Kgodisho Pheladi
Twitter : Moloto Kgodisho
Picture courtesy of Sasol New Signatures