Clean slate | 新たな始まり

August 2019 Until Now | 2019年8月から今まで

Firstly, I want to thank those of you reading this. Time is the most precious resource we have and you have chosen to give me a piece of yours by reading this. Welcome to my first ever blog. I hope that as time goes by, I can keep you engaged and curious to know more about me and more importantly - about what's inside my mind.

So firstly, the purpose of this blog is really to centralise all my projects and keep you updated with what's been going on in my life. You can expect to see a whole lot more content on here than on my social media channels. I feel that there is too much clutter and a lot of distractions of social media. I humbly invite you to take a look into my mind through this blog and engage with me.

As some of you may know, I no longer live in South Africa (my home country). I landed in Japan on my 25th birthday and have decided to make this beautiful country my new home for a while... we'll see how long "a while" is. With that being said, since July 28th 2019 (25th birthday) I've been settling into Japan. Meeting new people, learning the language at a rapid rate, adjusting my timetable and basically learning the ropes have been keeping me busy all along. Fast forward to my first six months in the country, and I now feel ready to share my stories but most importantly, to share my art again. I can't promise that I will blog every day or be super consistent, but I will do my best. For now, I need to make more art and keep studying Japanese.

One question I keep getting asked is "why did you move there?". To be honest, I needed a challenge and a change in my life. Prior to leaving, I was working as a graphic designer for Adams & Adams - Africa's top Intellectual Property Law Firm. At the same time, I was also fully invested in making, selling and collecting art. It all seemed so rosy on the surface, but deep down I felt stuck. I felt like I wasn't really adding much value to the firm, my country and to my art career. I just felt that a change would do me justice.

For a while, I have been intrigued by Japanese culture. The way things are done here, the cuisine, the language and its nuances, how the country can manage to fuse technology and tradition, the friendliness of the people, and the art market here. I knew that I have to give this country a shot, and so I did. To be honest, it has been one of the best decision's of my life thus far. Obviously I do miss my family and friends, hosting braai (barbecue) Sundays at my apartment, speeding on the highway, casually being able to feed antelope and zebras, the beautiful nature, and politicians constantly taking a jab at each other in parliament. However, it's hard for Japan not to feel like a 2nd home. The safety, cleanliness, nature, convenience, quality of life, and warm friendly people make it easy to settle in. I'm also able to host braai Sundays again from this side, which makes me super happy.

Regarding the art, I have now started a new series which is inspired by ancient African art, mythologies, civilizations and history. I'm deep within the first artwork of the series and have promised myself that this will be my best work to date. I also think that it is imperative to take Africa to the world and paint it in a good light. That is one of my major goals with this series and what better way to educate than with detailed images? Educating through entertainment. So the production will still carry from this side of the world.

Well, that's it for now.

See you soon :) またきってください

Wandering around Umeda in Osaka.