Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art

Noluthando Lobese

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art
Region: Johannesburg
MacDowell fellowships: Spring 2013

In my recent work as a visual artist, I explore interior and exterior landscapes through drawing and sculptural installation based on my own extensive research, photographic documentation, and site visits. Focusing on the connections and borders that we create, the corners to hide in, the prison that needs to be clean in order to store memories. Building on the exploration at MacDowell in 2013, "What It Is" is an in-situ installation that explores the connections and borders that people create. It also probes more subterranean landscapes, in which memories are stored, hidden, and repressed. Within these terrains, temporality is re-worked against mathematical abstraction and mechanization to mark the passage of time. It also wonders about the consequences of human intervention deep into the earth. The work asks, How much of this emotional footprint can the earth absorb? When will it be saturated and decide it’s had enough?

Lobese is also an award winning designer in theatre, television, and commercials. She has been nominated for several theatre productions in places like Germany, Austria, United States, Sweden, Amsterdam and London. She has worked on numerous productions with directors like James Ngcobo , Neil Coppen, Princess Zinzi Mhongo, Lindiwe Matshikiza, John Kani , Bobby Heaney, and Vanessa Cooke. Her recent work includes When Swallows Cry (Costume design), Divas of Kofifi (Stage/costumes/props design), Tau (Stage/costumes/props design), The House of Truth (Stage/Costumes/Props design), Crepuscule (Costume design), Lepatata (Stage design), Colored Museum (Costume design), Pale Natives (Production design), Animal Farm (Costume design), Cooking with Elisa (Production design). She has also done a national television documentary "Life's a Stage" for South African Broadcast, among others.


New Hampshire

Noluthando Lobese worked in the New Hampshire studio.

New Hampshire Studio, originally named Peterborough Studio, was given to MacDowell by Mr. and Mrs. William Schofield, Mrs. H. A. Chamberlain, Mrs. Andrew Draper, and Miss Ruth Cheney. The studio was renamed in 1943. The Gilbert Verney Foundation established an endowed maintenance fund in 1990, and a bequest in memory of MacDowell Fellow Victor Candell underwrote the…

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