Motswetla finds new identity

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Visual artist Itumeleng Motswetla’s artistic expression has grown tremendously over the years. The 24-year-old, who specialises in oil, acrylic paint and mixed media, says she has gone through a shift of identity over the years as she now does art with a purpose.

The Gaborone-based artist told Arts&Culture that her studio practices involve an exploration of her life experiences and interests. Those include, but are not limited to spreading awareness on mental health issues, emotional intelligence and a celebration of black beauty.

She further explained that her overall art is an interpretation of issues that are often vaguely discussed or not at all as they are considered sensitive. “In the past year, I experienced a shift in who I used to identify as and who I identify as now. My early 20s were dedicated to self-discovery and hence with each passing year, I learn more and more about myself.

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