b"VISUAL ARTIST, CURATOR and gallery director Banele Khoza was the featured artist for the 23rd Annual BASA Awards partnered by Hollard. He was commissioned to create works presented to this years award winners. The works, many of them abstract, are available to everyone for viewing at www.basa.co.za/awards.Khoza, winner of the 2017 Absa LAtelier Gerard Sekoto Award and named on the Mail & Guardians list of top 200 young South Africans, was born in Hlatikulu, Swaziland. He moved to South Africa in 2008 and went on to study Fine Art at the Tshwane University of Technology. In 2015 he also completed a BTech in Fine Art.According to Sean OToole, Temporary Feelings, Khoza's 2016 debut solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum, was an emotion-laden showcase of 14 paintings and works on paper. Gabriella Pinto describes, Note Making, his 2017 award-winning series of digital drawings as, an intimate reflection of modern-day masculinity. Writing for Between 10and5, she commented, . fleeting moments and psychological states are rendered as multimedia images with text, 3 carefully considered colour and expressive line drawings underpinned by a tumultuous interior emotional world. His 2018 Zeitz MOCAAs 4 Curatorial Lab show (where he also headlined a solo exhibition titled, LGBTQI+: Banele Khoza) featured 10 works profiled by the museum as romantic and dreamlike. ARTISTS STATEMENT The works began with me looking into watercolour as a medium; in past years, I have imitated watercolours with oil paint, acrylic, inks and gouache to give a desired watercolour result. The process felt easy; there was no resistance from the medium. It immediately gave results and I felt inflow, which I can parallel to one being their authentic self. When you embody who you are in business and in life the process is smoothyou move with the current and it doesnt feel like an upstream battle. I was asked to make work that I am so familiar and fluent in; however, the insecurity of perfecting dawned too. Perfection can hinder ones ability to show up. I had faced this before after creating a body of work that ended in a contemporary museum and further took [on] a life of its own. To reach that reception all I had to do is show up, sharpen my pencils, add water to my cups, prepare my surfaces and allow the ink to flow. It is that simple; showing up to your practice on a daily basis is the secret. I did the same for the awards. I did not overthink the results nor plan. I allowed flow to happen25"