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Crisco BL

My name is Sabelo Crisco Dlamini better known as Crisco BL. I’m an illustrator based in Durban. I’ve been illustrating for about a year & unlike other digital illustrators, I use my phone instead of a laptop to create my paintings.
My art is based on Depression, Anxiety & Anti Self Harm. The reason as to why I base my illustrations around these things is because I don’t think they are spoken of as much as they should be nor are they taken seriously. My illustrations or a form of self-reflection, things that I’ve gone through myself. I feel that in doing this, people can relate to my art as much as I do. 
A lot of teenagers these days go through the above mentioned and don’t have the platform to talk about it or express it. I want to make art that makes people feel like they’re not alone and that there are ways to deal with their pain.
You’ve probably noticed that I use a lot of yellow as a background in all my art. Yellow is a colour that is associated with happiness. I use the c…

Shenaz Mahomed

“Muslims are invasive”, “Boom”, “Kaboom”, “Stand 15 metres away”, “The Quran and Jihad”, “Halaal Certified”... These are just some of the titles of my artworks and a look into the thoughts that constantly occupy my headspace.

My name is Shenaz Mahomed and I am a Visual Artist and Curator based in Pretoria.

And if that is not enough torture for myself, I am also currently pursuing my MA in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria. I work predominantly in the medium of hand-papercut, inspired by exploring and redefining traditional ideas of Islamic Art.

I was once explaining what I do, to someone that I met at an art exhibition, and mentioned to her that I feel like I live on a different planet that consists of just me, my art, and everything concerned with it. She told me that it’s absolutely okay because these are my “selfish years” - the only time in my life that it will be all about me. Before the family, the kids and the responsibilities that will take up primary focus.

I don’t know if that’s the best perspective but I went with it anyway (some real ‘adulting’ right there). So at this point in my life, I plan to take full advantage of my “selfish years” in trying my best to visually communicate meaningful ideas, to disrupt, to comfort and everything in between.

And now for a mandatory quote:

"Art will play a tremendous part in the future in either picking up the pieces of the great destruction that could happen, or we will help to stop that destruction.” - Richard Bell

I hope you follow my journey.

Instagram: @shenaz_21

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