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BALEKANE LEGOABE / STATE OF THE ART GALLERY AWARD WINNER 2019

The fact that humans can simultaneously experience an array of overlapping emotions is something that has always fascinated me. As people, we have the ability to occupy more than one emotional state at a time, which means that our feelings can, and often times do, exist in a liminal space. my work explores the concept of liminality in relation to emotional states.



I make use of varying degrees of opacity to simultaneously hide and reveal information in my work. I also layer and overlap images, shapes and colours. These visual techniques facilitate the concept in that they all have to do with the layering of two or more separate pieces of information in order to make the viewer aware of an existing middle ground, or liminal space.

The artworks form part of a body of work that I am currently creating titled, “Sleeping Over at Other People’s Houses.”

The series visually explores the darkness and complexities of the emotional and mental lows felt over the last three years due to compromising on held values and truths. The title itself is a metaphor for compromising the values and beliefs that one holds and adopting another’s in order to win favour with them. By choosing to compromise, one is no longer “sleeping at their own house” but “sleeping over at another’s.”

These artworks embody heartache, pain, grief, anxiety, uncertainty, abandonment, confusion and rumination. They explore notions of fearing men, deviating from truth, keeping idols and compromising to one’s detriment.

I want my work to create a visceral experience that encourages and propels viewers to tap into the complexity and obscurity of the emotions that they feel and to recognize that they exist within a liminal space.


Keep an eye out for her upcoming solo exhibition at StateoftheART Gallery, 50 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

Balekane Legoabe – @__christianbale
StateoftheART – @stateofthe_art

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