Analysis Of The Artwork ' What Do You Do T ' Mbeki '

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The artwork entitled ‘What Do You Do T. Mbeki?’ by the artist Rose Kgoete was created for the Mapula Embroidery project. Mapula means “mother of rain” and this project was intended to address the awful poverty among women in Winterveld, an area North of Pretoria in South Africa. These women were encouraged to work on subject matters that were not usually addressed in public; hence this was a way for them to speak out. The image by Rose is a representation of social and economic problems affecting the people of South Africa and the image was created when Thabo Mbeki was the president of South Africa hence posing the question, which is the title of the artwork. The artwork is in 2D and shaped more like a square with rough edges. It contains colorful and bright figures ranging from the primary colors red, blue and yellow to secondary colors such as green, purple and orange. The artist uses thick, thin, straight, rough and diagonal lines to allow some figures like the clothes on the human figures to stand out. This artwork is made by a combination of figures that together build the story and has a focal point, which is emphasized by the use of a large picture of T Mbeki. Most of these figures are accompanied by descriptive captions. These attributes allow unity of the artwork making it easier for the viewer to look at the figures and relate them to the central subject matter. The contrast expressed by these colors has a rainbow effect that is very attractive and can easily

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