Celebrating our Living Heritage - Noria Mabasa in Residency at NIROX

- Mon, May 23, 2022 12:00 AM - Mon, Jun 6, 2022 11:00 PM




Noria Mabasa has been working as an artist since 1976. She was encouraged to begin woodcarving after the suggestion of Venda sculptor Nelson Mukhuba in 1983. Her earliest figures were modeled after clay and wood matano figures used in dumb initiation ceremonies. Mabasa initially found recognition on both the national and international art scenes in the 1980s with her ceramic figures painted with enamel paint. Her naturalistic figures are coil-built and fired in an open straw fire. Her current work combines the figurative and the functional; pots often take the shape of the female figure or feature faces. 

Mabasa's works deal mostly with traditional issues, particularly those pertaining to women, as well as subjects of Venda mythology and spirituality. She works with clay from her local river bank and wood. Mabasa's work focuses on access to education, as well as gender-based violence. Traditionally in Venda, only men worked in wood, and women in clay. Noria was the first woman to work in wood and did so at a large scale.  

Currently, Mabasa has a studio and gallery in her home of Tshino Village. She is considered a National Treasure, and this exhibition showcases works from over her lifetime, some never exhibited before.


Munadzi
Noria Mabasa
Munadzi

2016

Wood

220 x 210 cm

Bird Sculpture
Noria Mabasa
Bird Sculpture

2020

Wood

Untitled
Noria Mabasa
Untitled

Wood

Old Woman
Noria Mabasa
Old Woman

2018

Wood

Woman carrying calabash
Noria Mabasa
Woman carrying calabash

2021

Wood

Old lady - Zebra tree
Noria Mabasa
Old lady - Zebra tree

2021

Wood

Drum
Noria Mabasa
Drum

2011

Wood

230 x 210 x 98 cm

War Drum
Noria Mabasa
War Drum

2007

Wood and cow hide

Flower pot
Noria Mabasa
Flower pot

2020

Clay and charcoal

36 cm

Flower pot
Noria Mabasa
Flower pot

2020

Clay and charcoal

Clay Figure
Noria Mabasa
Clay Figure

2020

Clay and charcoal

Traditional beer calabash
Noria Mabasa
Traditional beer calabash

2020

Clay and charcoal

Clay figure
Noria Mabasa
Clay figure

2020

Clay and charcoal

Flower pot
Noria Mabasa
Flower pot

2020

Clay and charcoal

Flower pot
Noria Mabasa
Flower pot

2020

Clay and charcoal

Flower pot
Noria Mabasa
Flower pot

2020

Clay and charcoal

Flower pot
Noria Mabasa
Flower pot

2020

Clay and charcoal

Flower pot
Noria Mabasa
Flower pot

2020

Clay and charcoal

Flower pot
Noria Mabasa
Flower pot

2020

Clay and charcoal

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