Mbali Tshabalala

Mbali

Tshabalala

In 2021, David Krut Projects invited artist and curator Mbali Tshabalala into the David Krut Workshop (DKW) to collaborate on a series of unique works on paper. Working closely with printer Sbongiseni Khulu, the collaboration resulted in two variable editions using a range of techniques and materials. Normally, when you are printing an edition, you are striving to make each print in the edition as close to identical as possible. With a variable edition, most of the image information is still coming from the plates, but the artist and the printer are intentionally manipulating the printing in some way to make each print unique.

Mbali Tshabalala’s work embodies thematic expressions of one’s identity, juxtaposed with that of society’s often invisible expectations and narratives imposed on oneself. These prints consist of multiple layers with chine collé, collage, monotype, linocut, embossing, hand colouring and drawing, and of course paper lithography.  In the works Tshabalala 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. 

Still I am

• Variable Edition

EV 1/10

29.2 x 21.7 cm

Paper lithography, linocut, and chine colle

EV 2/10

29.2 x 21.7 cm

Paper lithography and linocut

EV 3/10

29.2 x 21.7 cm

Tea staining, paper lithography, linocut, and chine colle

Part of the William Humphreys Collection

EV 4/10

29.2 x 21.7 cm

Tea staining, paper lithography, linocut, and chine colle

EV 5/10

29.2 x 21.7 cm

Watercolour, tea staining, and paper lithography

EV 6/10

29.2 x 21.7 cm

Watercolour, paper lithography, linocut, and chine colle

Not available

EV 7/10

29.2 x 21.7 cm

Watercolour, linocut, linocut Embossing, paper lithography, and hand drawing

EV 8/10

29.2 x 21.7 cm

Oil-based monotype, paper lithography, linocut, and chine colle

Not available

EV 9/10

29.2 x 21.7 cm

Watercolour, paper lithography, linocut, chine colle, and hand drawing

EV 10/10

29.2 x 21.7 cm

Paper lithography, linocut, and chine colle

The Presence of Self at the Table of Us

• Variable Edition

EV 1/5

56 x 39 cm

Oil-based monotype, paper lithography, linocut, and chine colle

Part of the William Humphreys Collection

EV 2/5

56 x 39 cm

Oil-based monotype, paper lithography, linocut, and chine colle

EV 3/5

56 x 39 cm

Watercolour, paper lithography, linocut, and chine colle

EV 4/5

56 x 39 cm

Watercolour, paper lithography, linocut, and chine colle

EV 5/5

56 x 39 cm

Tea staining, paper lithography, linocut, chine colle, and hand drawing

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