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Actress Mekgwe picks up paintbrush

October 14, 2018 4:00 AM
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It was in that dark space that she picked her brush, dusted it and dipped it into some black paint and started painting. It was like she remembered her middle name ‘Keabetswe’ which literally means, ‘I am gifted’.

Mekgwe recently showcased her artworks in a private exhibition titled ‘Keabetswe – A Leap Forward’ held at her Phakalane home in Gaborone.

Most of her artworks are abstract in bright contrasting hues. But there are a few distinct monochrome pieces that she said were the first pieces that she started to paint.

through a tough time,” she said. The multi-talented voice-over artist whose beautiful voice features in a number of radio jingles found solace on the canvas.

Her initial monochrome pieces are strained and almost show the hopelessness of the painter.

Her first piece that she said was initially all black is partially brushed and sprayed with white paint like she wanted to cover the black and return to the white canvas. On her later artworks she introduced some vivid reds, yellows, purples and greens in a medley of abstracts that catch the attention.


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