Top3Tuesday: Andile Dyalvane

Andile Dyalvane

Andile Dyalvane was born in Ngobozana, a small village in the Eastern Cape. He received a National Degree in Art and Design from Sivuyile Technical College in 1999 and a National Degree in Ceramic Design from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2003. He is the founder of Imiso Ceramics in Cape Town. He has exhibited extensively in South Africa and has been awarded residencies in Denmark, France, the United States, and Taiwan. Dyalvane’s work is in the permanent collections of the Iziko National Museum, Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum of Art, Port Elizabeth and Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan. He recently returned from a solo exhibition in the prestigious Friedman Benda Gallery in New York City.

In this Top3Tuesday we got into his busy schedule and convinced him to take time off and share his passion with us.

3. Grain Silos in Timbuktu and Adobe Houses in New Mexico

Adobe House in New Mexico
Adobe House in New Mexico

While attending the annual Contemporary Art Santa Fé fair as a participant last year and a residency program at the Palo Alto Art Centre, California thereafter, a refreshing architectural landscape spoke to my familiar in work, home (Eastern Cape) and spirit. Clay flowing curves of walls and facades assimilated the environment rather than conflicting high, turquoise reflecting rectangles jutting from flat plains of red earth. Open earthy spaces in Santa Fé, NM reminded of my home (Ngobozana Village, Qoboqobo, EC) and its circular thatch-roofed constructs of stick & mud walled rondavels, ceremoniously pastel lime stained painted or bare, resembling a modest king surveying his kingdom from rolling hill tops.

Palo Alto works, home, adobe sentiments and recently explored sealed forms, brought about voluptuous, angular, layered and highlighted by bold contrasting motifs against oxide washed white works. These were fired up points of departure for my solo exhibition pieces showcased at Friedman Benda Gallery this past summer in New York City. In upstate NY, I was drawn to old barns and Silo’s, a new body of work in the spirit of ancient African design is now underway, inspired by the ideas of structures that store.

2. Music from Mali (and other parts of West Africa)

Fela Kuti
Fela Kuti

I’ve always had the art of music as a spiritual accomplice navigating my design direction coil for coil. From the likes of Fela Kuti, Oumou Sangaré, Ali Farka Touré & Vieux Farka Touré, Fatoumata Diawara to mention but a few who feed my daily studio incubation. The fluidity of sincere musicality conducts the tempo and energy I release into my work while smoke of burning mpepho (wild sage) permeates damp clay. It’s an essential presence to everyday, to be immersed in a particular presence.

1. My Sketchbooks

Andile's Sketchbook
Andile’s Sketchbook

A tailor’s pattern, needle & thread holds priority of importance, such is that of conversation, pen and paper in structuring my visions. My sketchbook have stories their own too, one having been stolen and powerful enough to be returned with an additional contribution from the “finder” in appreciation for what I do. Always travelling with me at the ready to capture invisible motion (wind under wing) and featuring as part of my process via documentation of activities in studio, during residencies and shown at exhibitions with relevance to bodies of work created.