Johannesburg-based artist Lulama “Wolf” Mlambo has a striking, pared-down style that blends anthropomorphic elements with vernacular architecture, natural elements, and more. Her themes are often rooted in the links between science, spirituality, and history, from a contemporary South African perspective, interrogating a pre-colonial African experience by engaging in smearing, scraping, and pigment techniques that were used in domestic-architecture African homes, along with references to the patterns of traditional women-made textiles.
These two works are part of Formless Feminity, a body of work dedicated to the delicacy and the balance of the feminine energy. It speaks on the unexplainable nuances that have to do with what challenges woman, those who identify as and how they navigate around it. In these pieces, Wolf has completely deconstructed what is recognizable and played on what the eye can identify with, further creating the anti-body to highlight the spirit.
On Green Living: “One of the things I use for sustainability in my own life is being intentional about recycling, using earthenware and cutting down on wasteful habits. Sustainable in present time has become a large price but if used in a basic way of doing things, it can be implemented by all.”