b. 1979 Cape Town, South Africa
Faith’s images reconstruct lost objects, broken-down cars, old factories and dusty side roads of forgotten towns. She investigates how humans interact with their environment, what scratches and memories they leave behind. Her interactions resonate with our fragility, with our innate understanding of symbols, dreams, textures and inevitable impermanence.
Faith47 is a self-taught artist, best known for her graffiti and street art. While her home and studio are based in Cape Town, the artist is a seasoned traveler, spending much of her time exploring the world and creating art based on compelling and touching experiences with the people and places she encounters. November 2011 saw her back in Johannesburg where she spent some time working in studio at DKW, Arts on Main. She developed a suite of monoprints that originated from a combination of woodblock print and monotype techniques.
Faith draws inspiration from her existential questions. She ventures off into places where others might not venture into. Faith is humbled by the destructive and creative nature in human life. Her paintings are both metaphorical and meaningful. She tries to convey a message that is abstract and definitive, looking for meaning in the words, life, death, and freedom. Faith says, “My experiences painting on the street have bled over into my studio work and into these prints, bringing in the moods and textures of the urban environment as well as the scrawlings, sentences, poems and texts that are left behind by disenfranchised homeless people, stowaways and gangs tags that I’ve been documenting over the past few years.”