Johannesburg, South Africa. 1994
Lulama ‘Wolf’ Mlambo (1994) is a visual artist who lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. In her first year of college at the University of Johannesburg (2013) studying fine art and fashion her expressionist and abstract interest asserted itself as she became more involved in her practice. Being a millennial creative, Mlambo has been exposed and known for different forms of expression through photography and mixed-media digital collages.
A principal theme in Mlambo’s body of work is space, spirituality and influences from vernacular architecture. She explores the human condition in extremely imaginative ways creating hyper visualized characters. She is curious about science in the African context, how the different themes are interlinked and which roles they play one to another. Through her work 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 that were used in vernacular architecture or the patterns created by mostly women to decorate african homes. History and proof of life are the core languages 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 intention is tender and is protective of her imaginary world or rather her symbolic view of how her world looks in an alternate universe. Lulama is set on creating a photographic/graphic experience that morphs and shape shifts into two dimensional planes or higher.