Noah Mduli is a wood and stone sculptor born in 1965, in Shiselweni, Swaziland, where he still lives. Since 2002 and with the help of his partners, Jiggs Thorne and Shadrack Masuku, Noah Mduli has devoted himself to the construction and management of House on Fire Studio. This studio, realized at the initiative of Jiggs Thorne, serves as a creative and exhibition space. It is a genuinely surrealist environment constructed using local materials and decorated with mosaics and towers. This mythical place could be defined as the Ideal Palace of a Swazi trio.
As a self-taught artist and artisan, Noah Mduli began his career as a sculptor at the age of twenty, by creating classical sculptures sold to tourists. After meeting Jiggs Thorne, he began a more creative personal process. His works, real reproductions, are magnificent copies of various objects used in modern daily life – Legos, robots, DJ mixers, ghetto blasters – greatly contrasting with the traditional and ancestral heritage of stone sculpture. Soapstone is his preferred material, which he retrieves himself from the mines.
Other than the exhibitions organized by House on Fire Studio, such as Darkest Afrika, in 2012, Noah Mduli’s work has been shown in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the Intoto Gallery, in 2013.
Turning on the Light,
Light sculpture in stone,125 x 25 x 7 cm,
©Cadre en seine
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