Name of Work: Mopane

Sandstone, bronze, wood / 16.5”w x 16.5”d x 38”h

About the Work:

In Mopane, the branches of the sculpture connect us all to each other, entangle us in our complexities, hold us up and anchor us down. Like a melting pot that stopped boiling half way, we’re left with a half-baked sense of who we are and what we all mean to each other and our world.
About the Studio:
Atang Tshikare is a multidisciplinary creative based in Cape Town, who has specialized in sculptural furniture since 2016. Born in Bloemfontein in 1980, he has been drawing for as long as he can remember, on any surface he could get his hands on. A self-taught artist in a wide range of media, he was influenced by the visual storytelling and graphic style of his father – an anti-Apartheid activist who illustrated for various pan-African publications and arts magazines.

Atang began a full-time art career in 2010 with his company Zabalazaa Design, collaborating with local artists and working on commissions with brands such as Adidas Originals, Puma, BMW and MTV Base. He began exhibiting limited-edition work with Southern Guild in 2012, applying his architectural line-based artwork to furniture and telling personal narratives using urban-inspired forms. His collectible designs have evolved into sculptural furniture and functional art in a variety of materials including ceramics, fiberglass, wood and bronze.