‘Lulama Wolf explores the human condition in extremely imaginative ways, creating hyper visualised characters.’
Lulama ‘Wolf’ Mlambo is a visual artist who lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. Whilst studying fine art and fashion at the University of Johannesburg, her interest in abstract and expressionist styles became apparent as she became more involved in her practice. Being the millennial creative, Mlambo has been exposed and known for different forms of expression through photography and mixed media digital collages. Although her formal training ended prematurely, she is greatly inspired by fellow artists Mmakgabo Helen Sibidi and Ernest Mancaba (1904-2002).
A principal theme in Mlambo’s work is space, spirituality and influences from vernacular architecture. She explores the human condition in extremely imaginative ways, creating hyper visualized characters. She also displays curiosity for science in the African context and how the different themes are interlinked and what service they play to one another. Her work is at the intersection of neo-expression and modern African art. Mlambo interrogates the pre-colonial African experience through the contemporary mind by using smearing, scraped and deep pigment techniques that were used in vernacular architecture or the patterns created mostly by women to decorate African homes.
History and proof of life are the core language in her work, where there is little to no reference of life in black spirituality, she uses that narrative by staging her 2D acrylic paintings to embody the simplicity of the native eye. Her motivation is tender and protective of her imaginary world or rather her symbolic view of how her world looks in an alternate universe.
She is set on creating a photographic/graphic experience that morphs and shape shifts into a 2 dimensional plane or higher.