You have training in ceramics, industrial design and game design. What motivated you to pursue a career in illustrating rather than those other paths?
I guess I’ve always been obsessed with exaggeration, whether it be body proportion or colour. In my ceramic and game design/3D animation days, I played with breaking normality by changing things in the most subtle of ways, pushing these works to more of a surreal realm. I guess with illustrating, it’s more of a challenge, which is why I love it.
What is the focus of your illustrations?
That it’s okay not to breathe sometimes. You’re not alone in feeling so alone, I guess.
Following you on Insta, it is hard not to notice your love of music. Tell us about what music means in your life?
Music has shaped my life in so many ways. I didn’t have a lot of friends growing up as a kid, so music and art were all I had. Even when I was in and out of psychiatric hospitals, the only constant I felt in my life at that time was the vibration through my headphones. A shared intimate connection felt between myself and the lyrics. Even right now, doing this interview, I’m listening to music. It’s my life.
Aside from music, what helps to get you in the mood to create?
Film and drawing inspiration from other artists.
What facets of the African experience and culture do you use as inspiration for your work?
A lot of Johannesburg’s youth culture. It’s gorgeous.