Part of manifesting our dreams (literal and figurative) is to envision them first, and then believing that they already exist and that we have already attained them. My work explores the relationship between transduction and manifestation. It focuses on the idea and process of taking one form of energy and transferring it into a different form of energy. 

Most of my drawings are driven by mood, dreams and the desire to re-create a moment that speaks to both myself as well as the audience. My intent isn’t to provoke a particular kind of reaction but rather the awareness that anything is possible and that if we put our minds to it we can unleash a power that we all possess to not only create but to come up with solutions.

While studying as a visual artist in high school, I was always fascinated with faces, the human body, structure, colour and photographic portraits. What starts as a photo can easily become a pencil drawing through the use of texture, lighting, size, shade and shadow. My portraits depict the human facial structure, emotion, symmetry, and the shading technique.

Before I begin my creative process I source out monochrome/colour images that have character and detail. I look at the image once and immediately I know that I am able to draw it. I envision myself illustrating each pencil mark and the gesture and speed in which I will be doing so. Then, I physically draw it on paper while looking out for details I’ve missed out in my previous illustrations.

Every picture is as good as the last and so I always strive to raise the bar when it comes to my techniques and methods on how to make the image as realistic and artistic as possible. The likes of Sarah Golish, Lionel Smit, Claxton Hasani, Lauren Muller, Loyiso Mkhize and Charmaine Olivia inspire my work because of how real they’re work looks. Hasani is able to turn fantasy or folk law stories into painted imagery which is one way of seeing dreams manifest into the physical.

Artist bio

Tshegofatso Angela Mogotsi, who also goes by her stage name, Angela Nimah, is a South African singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, founder of knitwear clothing brand R V L™, knit and crochet designer, a healer, spiritualist and visual artist. Since the age of 7 she’s always known that her life was meant for something more and that she was meant to be something more. She spent most of her childhood sketching, reading, writing songs, short stories, a bit of rap and poetry. She participated in extra mural art and dance classes, poetry and reading clubs. She was fully aware of her many talents and was and still is passionate about each one. She studied visual arts and design at The National School of Arts. After matriculating in 2009, she went on to study at Boston Media House in 2010, where she did a course in Multimedia studies. Writing allowed her to delve into many roles where she could wear many hats. This would later become a reminder of her love for literacy and literature.

She continued to explore her talents and managed to collaborate them into her other skills. The year 2012 was the kick-start to her music career, after a friend heard her music on sound cloud, he referred her to a sound engineer student from the Academy of Sound Engineering at the SABC where she recorded her first EP, Avolution. Wherever she chooses to dip her pen or paintbrush she is able to expand her horizons as far as her imagination can take her. She’s versatile and passionate and has no intention of stopping. Much of her visual work is yet to be exposed to the world. She believes that gifts are what God gave to his/her soldiers to inspire and to teach. “Sometimes you have to give the world a taste of who you are until you can give them a dose of who you can be.”