Moshanyana was inspired by a photo that I took on a farm in South Africa. I baked cupcakes for the children. This little boy enjoyed his cupcake so much, although he struggled to hold the cupcake in his tiny hand. I wanted to capture in my art the message that something good in your life might not always be easy but it will be worth it.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled Nespresso capsules and Softi candy wrappers. The recycled materials were cut and arranged to form a pattern in an array of different colours.

The title meaning, little Boy in Southern Sotho as this was the native language of the boy.

Title: “Moshanyana”

Dimensions: 910mm x 610mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Nespresso Capsules, Softi Candy Wrappers)

Moshanyana was exhibited at Artist Avenue

Sold, in a private art collection

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Artist Avenue, Index Exhibition as part of the DAF group

Artist Avenue, Index Exhibition as part of the DAF group

22 – 25 May 2017

The Artist Avenue was an art gallery as part of the Index exhibition and specifically created for artist and galleries looking for exposure in the interior design field. The four-day event (22 – 25 May 2017) hosted over 60 artist as well as galleries. Throughout the event, there were more than 25,000 attendees over the four-day exhibition. The attendees included design professionals, art procurement managers, as well as consumer and commercial art buyers.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included Beauty and The BeanCoffee Addiction Lamp,  MoshanyanaOn Route To Uhuru, Reuse, Recycle, RehumanizeThe Apple of my Eye and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.


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