for the record We asked Lakwena about her creative process and how she brought her murals to life.
Does music play a role in your creative process?
Yes, it is. I love music, it helps me get into the flow of work and also helps set the mood. The music you listen to depends on the theme of the work. Very eclectic. People I listen to a lot these days Salto, Abimal, Acholi Masson, rimand father of the house.
What excites you most about creating pieces for this event?
I’ve just had a baby and haven’t traveled far, so I’m happy to be able to create works that make me feel like I’m traveling alone. I like the glamorous idea of Cannes and it’s great to think about such energy from this place.
What was the process like from concept to reality?
I was thinking about the architecture of Cannes: the arches, the water, the sun, and how to incorporate it into my aesthetic in terms of patternwork and the colors used. And this lyric from HER, “giving me life,” really captures the concept of celebrating life for me, and it’s been great for me to think about it this season.
What do you like most about this work?
I think it’s the lyrics. Words are always the key for me. And those words really resonate with me. For me, artwork just conveys words.
How do you overcome creative obstacles? Should you hit obstacles?
Let’s be honest, music is always huge. Hearing new music can inspire a whole new project. If you have a disability, you may have to do something completely different. My sister Abimaro is also an artist, a musician, and someone I collaborate with all the time. She has the same vision as me, so when I’m stuck or need to ponder something, I often consult her and brainstorm ideas with each other.