“Envision the DNA of your bloodline embodying itself in your mother's womb… a place you cannot reminisce prior experience, floating beneath holy, unchartered water. The moment your eyes grasp the concept of vision, you are met with a warm veil covering you, secured by what seems to be your DNA.
Ndizalwe nge ngubo emhlophe is a Nguni proverb used as a cultural expression mainly understood by elders and spiritual healers. It refers to a child born cocooned in a soft veil described as an amniotic sack or umbilical cord wrapped around the infant's body. A child born “ewombethe” has been gifted great luck, a gift handed over by a great ancestor. It further represents a direct link to the ancestors of their lineage.
Ndizalwe nge ngubo emhlophe exists at a crossroads of different perspectives of what being gifted means. It asks the viewer to be involved in the receiving of a gift and giving. My body of work intends to arrest the mind into thinking that maybe we are all gifted the same - we just need to find out what is weaved into our bodies.
For this new exhibition, Wolf will be presenting a series of paintings, and an intricate textile installation which investigate different expressions of spirituality and yearnings of rest . The works will also explore Wolf’s connection to her Makwande Art Residency in Antibes, a coastal city in the south of France, known for its old town enclosed by 16th -century ramparts and surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea .