A final year fine art student from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Anuoluwapo Ayomidotum is turning waste material into artwork to expose the horrors of gender-based violence (GBV) in society.
Her work has been turning heads on the streets of Sunnyside and on social media is using the material to make artwork that tells a story of abuse and violence. The student said although she has been getting positive feedback on her artwork, she was looking for more recognition and the possibility of taking part in local art competitions.
“I turn trash such as used CDs and newspapers into conceptual art by combining it with my oil paintings skills using canvas and brush. I use symbols (in art) to express inner feelings. It is my passion and focus that led to the discovery of my own unique technique,” said Ayomidotum.
The main aim of Ayomidotum’s work is to unify Africans in the fight against xenophobia and attacks on fellow Africans. “I am exposing the social ills and society relates to burning issues. I use my artwork to expose gender-based violence that is rife in the country and the diaspora”, she added.
The 21-year-old who hails from Nigeria said her art has attracted a lot of attention back home. “My work evokes the emotions of people who have suffered similar experience to heal. It is therapeutic to victims of gender-based violence and people must understand that old objects speak of experience,” explained Ayomidotum.
Her work is recognized in South Africa and overseas. Ayomidotum noted that she meets most of her customers through social media platforms. She hopes to own her own art studio upon completing her studies and continue mentoring young, up-and-coming visual artists”.