Oil-based Paper Lithography by Mbali Tshabalala

Mbali Tshabalala is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and founder of Anecdotes gallery in inner city Johanesburg. Her work embodies thematic expressions of one’s identity, juxtaposed with that of society’s often invisible expectations/narratives imposed on oneself. In 2021, she and David Krut Workshop Printer Sbongiseni Khulu created a series of oil-based paper lithography variable editions. The prints consist of multiple layers with chine colle, collage, monotype, linocut, embossing, hand colouring/drawing and of course paper lithography. In the works Mbali is both the subject and the artist, making each image not only a self-reflection but also commentary on the varying scales at which society deems fit to categorize the human body.  

Sbongiseni inking up a paper lithographic plate
Mbali signing her works in the David Krut Workshop

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