Philiswa Lila is a visual artist and storyteller. She is influenced by the nuances of memory, brought about by the sensory explorations of personal objects – how the touch of an intimate object can evoke a recollection of senses, imagination and emotion.
Her work brings to life the specific narratives identified by the personal connections between the object and the person. Her artwork becomes a reflection of the emotional history between them.
Lila works across multiple disciplines such oil and acrylic painting, installations and performance art, while using a variety of mediums in her work that include animal skin, beading, wood, paper, photography, video and poetry.
Lila received her master’s degree in art history from Rhodes University and honours in curating at Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town. She is currently in residence at University of Johannesburg, in partnership with Cambridge University.
I evoke personal experiences that materialise in the sensory and the imagination of objects, and narratives that generate relational connections.