“Dahla is a scluptor who grew up on a Namibian cattle farm, studied art with a photography major in Georgia, USA, lived in Scotland and Ireland, became a commercial pilot and took up sculpture after relocating to the Eastern Free State six years ago. She now lives and works in Rosendal, where she shares a gallery, Meerkatkolonie, with painter Michèle Nigrini. She also creates sustainable job opportunities for the local community of Mautse, mostly by making unique pieces of furniture for game lodges.
Dahla also works on commission – she will visit your home or office and design for that specific space, using treasured personal items or functional items related to a particular business or industry in her work. She is on a kitchen tangent at the moment, helping to create interactive kitchens, designing and building work surfaces, tables and chopping boards.
Dahla has an unwavering eye for design. She is a fixer, a maker of plans, an engineer of solutions. She is attracted to the lines, shapes and textures of these implements that have passed through people’s hands. She sees these discarded objects as uniquely part of our national heritage.
Dahla makes these abandoned objects resonate with a rare beauty that has been stripped to the bone. She combines these found objects with the area’s sandstone, blocks of weathered wood, animal skulls and sun-bleached bones in an unexpected, innovative marriage of line and texture.
These are works that present themselves positively: they step into the world substantially and don’t retreat from it. They are a resurgence of elements that have already completed one life cycle of usefulness and abandonment. They now serve as tables, dishes, lights, murals and garden sculptures.”
All images via http://www.dahlahulme.co.za/