Senzeni Marasela is a cross-disciplinary artist who works with embroidery, watercolours, and photography to portray the lives of indigenous South African women. Her life and her mother’s often inspire her work. For the past six years, she has created a fictional alter ego, Theodorah Mthetyane, whose husband Gebane leaves their rural town to look for work in Johannesburg. After years of waiting, she leaves her home in search of him. This multidisciplinary project culminated in the exhibition Waiting for Gebane at the Zeitz Museum in Cape Town.
Through textiles, embroidery, photography, and painting, Marasela provides a reflective overview of her artistic practice. Working almost exclusively in red — as a reference to the ‘Red Dust’ drought in early 1930s South Africa — Marasela traces her daily experience of womanhood from a personal and collective viewpoint. She studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.