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War Spill

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War Spill was born a few years ago when I spilled coffee on a page and drew what I saw in the stain; this became a way of keeping my ideas fresh. I chose War Spill for the title because upon reflection the image is pretty chaotic. I had been falling into the trap of rigid boundaries in terms of subjects in my art. I was getting bored of drawing people standing or sitting and wanted to do something more abstract. I am more interested in presenting a feeling or an impression, instead of depicting the realistic world. War Spill is my way of making sense of a seemingly haphazard occurrence of coffee spilling on a page, reflective of how humans tend to attempt to make sense out of accidents, mess and disaster. The shapes formed by the coffee on the pages allow my mind to remove all boundaries and sense of censorship. I am not imposing what I want the image to be each spill told its own story. I believe this allows me to take certain risks and go places artistically that I would not normally. Similar to how I found my own meaning in the coffee stain, War Spill invites the viewer to create their own interpretation of the image.

Where it's been: Showcased at VAM 2019, Redline Cafe, and Vuco Art Space


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About the artist
About the artist

Daniel Maluka is a Toronto based artist and writer hailing from South Africa. His work takes an Afrocentric approach while incorporating surrealist elements. In using his interest in the subconscious, Daniel brings what lurks in the deep recesses of the mind into the forefront of his work., ... View full profile

Toronto , Ontario
Partial artist since 2019

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