‘My work honours the strength of African womenʼ – Zizipho Poswa
My work is inspired by African women because I was raised by a strong woman, in a community full of women.
In this video, Zizipho Poswa introduces the latest, large-scale works in her Magodi series of ceramic sculptures. Magodi (a Shona term for traditional African hairstyles) celebrates the majesty and heritage of African women, in particular the female role models in the artistʼs life. Magodi – Noxolo (named after her aunt), Magodi – Nozibhedlele (named after her mother) and Magodi – Amanda (after a close cousin) are all hand-coiled and glazed or painted in vivid hues.
“My work is inspired by African women because I was raised by a strong woman, in a community full of women,” says the Cape Town artist. A colourist who came to ceramics via textile design, Poswa is inspired by the daily Xhosa rituals she witnessed as a young girl growing up in the Eastern Cape and the life-sustaining roles that Xhosa women play in traditional and contemporary life. Her first major series for Southern Guild paid tribute to the practice of umthwalo (load), in which rural women carry heavy bundles of wood, buckets of water or parcels on their heads, often walking long distances on foot.