Street art is one of the powerful forms of self-expression that Faith XLVII, an internationally-acclaimed visual artist from South Africa uses to touch souls, to raise hope or to expose hurt and oppression. Each and every time a metamorphosised perspective comes to light through her creations from raising questions about issues that affect our daily lives to reflections on our society. Smart and resourceful muralists, Faith XLVII, explores human experiences, interconnectedness and the affinity to nature in a creative approach. She captures metaphors, fragility with an intent to provoke universal love.
A disciple of enlightenment, philosophy and activism, Faith XLVII shares her visual stories through different media such as printmaking, projection mapping, video installation, drawings on streets as well as galleries.
Read my interview with Faith XLVII:
Jupilings: What motivates you to create-
FAITH XLVII: Just being alive is motivation enough. The constant flux and challenges of life and perception.
Jupilings: Pragmatism and flexibility are an effective response to global challenges still your art is a protest against them-
FAITH XLVII: Firstly, I don’t think you’re correct in saying that my work is a protest against Pragmatism and Flexibility. I walk the line between reality and the unseen. I believe the two are interrelated. So awakening to the mystical and the fantastic can also open one to real-world possibilities. Working on our inner understanding, helps us to be able to understand and make sense of the outer realities. Global challenges are very overwhelming for the individual to take on, but when you understand that they are a product of our collective mindsets, then that brings the conclusion that working on the individual helps with the consciousness of the whole. I don’t draw lines between spiritual/personal/ political perspectives. You cannot separate one from the other.
Jupilings: What does spirituality mean to you-
FAITH XLVII: The constant practice and perseverance in living a conscious, self-aware life.
Jupilings: What is your perspective in life-
FAITH XLVII: My perspective is still a work in progress. I do agree with the Wiccan Rede:
‘Do as thy will and harm none.’
I also feel that nature contains all the solutions to the problems we are facing personally, politically and ecologically, and that we should meditate on this.
Jupilings: What does women empowerment mean to you?
FAITH XLVII: Woman empowerment, like Black empowerment, or any kind of civil rights movement, is the attempt to balance the scales after decades of oppression due to monotheistic white male power structures. Essentially these movements attempt to move us towards a more EQUAL society where all demographics can have a say in how we are progressing as a species. We must insist on the dignity of all human beings! I also add animals and the planet to that statement.
Jupilings: What do you do to conquer fear or self-doubt:
FAITH XLVII: I realise my own insignificance in the scheme of things. Fragility is something we are told to be ashamed of and fight through. But I find some strength therein. We are all impermanent, and our lives fleeting. By accepting the very notion of your own short existence, we can gain perspective. Working from that space allows for a certain amount of freedom and realism.
Jupilings: Best piece of advice you have been given-
FAITH XLVII: “If the world appears to be filled with suffering, it is, nevertheless, radiating pure wisdom.” – Rudolf Steiner.
Jupilings: Which movie you would have liked to be the leading actor:
Jupilings: What is your life motto?
FAITH XLVII: Focus on the Breath