"I started because of a dream. It took a very long time, because I didn't understand it well. This was in 1965 and in 1974, I started the work"

 

Noria Mabasa is the celebrated Venda sculptor who typically works in wood or clay. Her works are inspired by dreams, visions and daily life and contemplate the feeling of social rejection, censure, and disapproval that comes with diverging from the established guidelines of accepted and expected behaviour. 

 

She is the only female artist in South Africa to have become globally renowned for wood carvings.