ABOUT THE ARTIST, CAROL SLABOLEPSZY

I was born in East London in 1956, and moved to Johannesburg in 1965. I studied Ballet from the age of 4 and danced professionally with PACT Ballet and CAPAB Ballet for seven years. It was in Cape Town that I met and married my husband of 39 years, Paul Slabolepszy. We have three grown-up children. In 1999, I embarked on a Fine Art Degree as a mature student and, in 2002, obtained my B.Tech Fine Art from Wits Technikon, majoring in painting, specifically oils. At the end of my 3rd year I received recognition as Most Outstanding Student.

Art is part of my life in many ways – I am a qualified Art teacher, often taking groups of students away for Artists Retreats. I love sewing and quilting and creating original mosaics. In 2004 I had the privilege of working with Carol Hofmeyr in Hamburg in the Eastern Cape, sewing and facilitating the first of six 20 metre long sections of the Keiskamma Tapestry. This magnificent tapestry is embroidered by women from the community of Hamburg and portrays highlights in the history of the Xhosa people in the Eastern Cape.

I really enjoy the challenge of working creatively in different media and have loved carrying out commissions in painting, sculpting, quilting and mosaicking.

I have always had a special love for clay and sculpting and, towards the end of 2011, began making life-size hares out of clay. So began My Hares and Graces, a project that has grown into a life-changing enterprise. The animals are ‘pieces of me’ and are making themselves at home in South Africa and the rest of the world.