Killjoy Doilies

A disruption of the ideal logical black woman. An interrogation of femininity in the domestic space.

 

About women who their wilfulnes upsets others and ruins petites at dinner tables and family gatherings.


Undituful Makoti
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela. Undituful Makoti Leaves Tea Party Vomit. 2019. Watercolor. 70 x 50 cm. R 4 200
Nice Lady
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela. Nice Lady Beats The Meat To Nina Simone. 2019. Watercolor. 76 x 91 cm. R 4 600.
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Lebogang Mogul Mabusela. Disturbing Thee Nest. 2019. Watercolour. 70 x 50 cm. R 4 200.

Growing up in South Africa and being raised by mostly women. I have seen the doilies many times being used as ornamental centre pieces.

PTSG 1
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, PTSG1, 2018, Monotype, 70 x 50 cm
I Can Do Whatever I Want
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, I Can Do Whatever I Want, 2018 Monotype, 70 x 50 cm
Beer Opener
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Beer Opener, 2018, Monotype, 64 x 44 cm
PTSG 2
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, PTSG2, 2018, Monotype, 70 x 50 cm
lesutlha
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Lesutlha, 2018, Monotype, 70 x 50 cm
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Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Undutiful Makoti, 2018, Monotype, 70 x 50 cm
Undutiful Makoti
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Segafi, 2018, Monotype, 70 x 50 cm
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Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, A Tingly Sensation, 2018, 94 x 64 cm
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Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Yoooh…What a Relief, 2018, 70 x 50 cm
Wet Underneath
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Wet Underneath, 2018, 60 x 40 cm
Day 3 Relief
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Day 3 Relief, 2018, 70 x 50 cm

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“You know that tingly sensation that you get when you eat your momma’s food? It’s patriarchy entering your body!”

Tafola Yaka
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Tafola Yaka, 2018, Monotype. 50 x 35 cm
Bad Feminist 1
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, A Bad Feminist, 2018, Monotype, 70 x 50 cm
Beauty Queen-Princes
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Beauty Queen/Princess, 50 x 35 cm
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Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Tea Was Served, 2018, Monotype, 50 x 70
I'm a Grown Woman
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, I’m A Grown Woman, 2018, Monotype, 94 x 66 cm
Bleed...On His Favourite Soccer Team
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Bleed…On His Favorite Soccer Team, 2018, Monotype, 70 x 50 cm
Lace Panties of Tableware
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Lace Panties Of Tableware, 2018, Monotype, 63 x 46 cm
Bleed...On Everything He Loves
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Bleed… On Everything He Loves, 2018, Monotype, 50 x 35 cm
shame
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Shame, 2018, Monotype, 62 x 46 cm
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Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, I will Never Wear My Church Again, 2018, Monotype, 70 x 50 cm

These objects represent, order, cleanliness, perfection and beauty. Doilies are cultural objects and signifiers of style.
So for me they are not just that, they are not just ornaments. They are unique objects that reflect women’s unique femininity, creativity, achievements, milestones and gendered experiences.
Doilies in South Africa are knitted by mothers, grandmothers, women, girls… The shapes, colours and patterns are considered carefully during this making of knowledge and meaning. Each woman has their unique story to tell about a doily according to stories I have heard and texts that I have read. At the end all doilies embody a story and an experience, collectively shared and unshared.

This series of monotypes Killjoy Feminist Doilies, are an expression of my own doilies that represent me, my opinions and my black womanhood/girl but also the female physical body and it’s disappointments. The title of this series is inspired by a Sara Ahmed manifesto Killing Joy. About women who their wilfulnes upsets others and ruins petites at dinner tables and family gatherings. I identify with these women.


 

 

 

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