To visual artist, Fillipus Sheehama, artworks explore the transformation of discarded plastic bags that inform the creation of a visual metaphor.
He collected the images of street dogs and refuse plastic to be used in his artwork that addressed poverty, and over consumption in Windhoek. The Contemporary Art Exhibition opens next Thursday at the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) and it will introduce new techniques of transforming discarded plastic bags into artwork while at the same time expressing the idea of high inequality that contributes to the crises of poverty in Windhoek’s society. Fillipus says the images of street dogs in artwork are used as a visual metaphor that represents poor people, those affected by poverty. “Artworks have also explored the use of plastics as a visual metaphor to reflect consumer culture that lead to overconsumption in Windhoek,” says he.
The exhibition will also present new and creative approaches to discarded plastics which are recycled in artworks. “I was inspired by visual artists, such as Sayak Ganz, who uses discarded plastics as mediums of art. I have used logos from discarded plastic, together with colour and text to convey the memory and identity in Windhoek. These elements are symbols of over consumption,” explains Fillipus. The exhibition will run until July
CAPTION: Visual metaphor….Some of Fillipus Sheehama’s artwork that he will exhibit at the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) starting June 4 until July.
Pic: Visual metaphor