The South African artist who was born in Bilanyoni, Northen KwaZulu Natal, the foundation for his education and social upbringing, participated in a radical shift to art-making during 2003, leading him to quit engineering and participate in numerous group and solo exhibitions with a focus in print-making. It is within this shift that Layziehound embarked on his journey, renouncing strict principles and modes of thinking to explore grounds rooted in the premise of dismantling predetermined standards and boundaries.
Not a judge, not a saint, a “neither-nor” statement with a slightly deceiving sense of neutralism reveals the ease at which we dissociate ourselves from the judgements we make. He questions the power trajectories prevalent in society, be they religious and socio-political ideologies or those whom uphold them. His large, gestural body of work expresses a turbulent experience of conflict when tackling the so-called moral compass the artist and those of us alike are taught to live by.
The artworks address structures of leadership, division of class and a growing generational divide through the motif of the suit or suit-wearer. The fragmented images not only serve to obscure visual reception but also allude to the obscurities prevalent in a precarious socio-economic environment.
Layziehound reveals the incisions and scorched patches, the areas of imperfection as a result of continuous enforcement of idealized beliefs. So again we capitalize his question, “who are we to judge and on what grounds are we as individuals judged, when neither of us is without sin?”
– Kirsten Arendse