Spotlight on Kilmany-Jo Liversage
You might have heard of young local artist, Kilmany-Jo Liversage, also known as Orda. Her work gained widespread recognition through her Nando's art installation and her many exhibitions. Hailing from Bloemfontein, Liversage fine-tuned her signature street-style asethetic through extensive international travel. Her bold use of strokes and spray gives her work distinctive character, and the dramatic use of colour and texture convey life-like impressions of her subject matter. We got to know a bit more about this talented artist and where her journey began.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm a Cape Town-based artist who is inspired by urban culture and street art.
How did your artistic journey begin?
It probably began when I was eight years old, but I ended up studying fine art in Bloemfontein. While living in Cape Town thereafter, I was awarded a bursary from UNESCO-Aschberg to complete a two-month residency in Medellin, Colombia, where I was influenced by street-art culture, which to date defines my artistic signature.
What are the challenges you face when working on a piece?
It is tough to bring all the art elements together, like composition, detail, contrast and line. I work with lots of colour and strokes of different thickness. Making sure that there is a balance between these elements is important.
Do you have pieces you hold close to your heart?
Not really. When I’ve completed my piece, I prefer to have it out of my space, as it will always draw me in.
What is the highlight of your journey as an artist?
It is very special to be able to make this a full-time journey and not have to do odd jobs to pay the bills.
You use a mix of mediums. When did you define your style?
It is an ongoing process of defining and refining. Over the last five years the street-art element has definitely come to encompass my signature style.
Who inspires you?
Marlene Dumas, Brett Murray, Gauguin.
What is your advice to aspiring local artists?
If you define your life around your passion for art and have a hard skin for rejection and criticism...just keep swimming!kilmanyjo.com