USHA SEEJARIM / SCULPTOR / SOCIAL PRACTITIONER
Usha Seejarim (b. South Africa) is a conceptual and socially engaged artist who uses found and common objects to communicate complex and simple ideas around the domestic position of women. Seejarim holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of The Witwatersrand (2008) and a B-Tech Degree in Fine Art (1999) from the University of Johannesburg. Seejarim is also a qualified laughter coach.
The rhythms in Seejarim’s work create sculptures that hold a strong presence of tears and protrusions bringing forth the domestic sphere of our experiences. Circular repetition and patterns are ever present in her process, presented as instruments of strength in masses, clapping her hands in glee at the fuckery she can platform using a million women's tools.
Usha has completed a number of public art commissions including the official portrait for Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu, Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, MTN’s and Eskom’s head office, and the South African Chancery in Addis Ababa. She has had more than eight solo shows and exhibited on various local and international platforms including; The Red Hour at Dak'Art, the Ostrale and Beijing Biennales and 1:54 London.
Her work is represented in numerous private and public art collections including; Kunstraum and Galila’s P.O.C in Belguim, Fondazione Fiera Milan, Italy, South African Foundation for Contemporary Art, France/SA and Iziko National Gallery, South Africa.