Contemporary San Art: "Hippo, Fish and Water Birds": By Artist Xaga Tcuixgáu, Lino Limited Edition, 302 x 350 mm
X’aga was born in the Ghanzi District, Botswana, where her people lived as hunter-gatherers. As a child she loved to join her mother and the other women to gather tubers, berries and other veldfood in the wide Kalahari veld.Her art career started when she joined the Kuru Art Project in 1997. Her favorite subjects are the things she remembers from her childhood. The veldfood, birds and small animals like tortoises and beetles still fascinate her. For Xaga and the other women artists at Kuru, the tubers, berries and edible plants from the Kalahari, symbolise times of abundance and prosperity for their people.Xaga works in a spontaneous and direct way from memory. She has no specific colour preference and chooses colours at random depending on her mood. Her work ranges from large bold canvasses to smaller lino prints and fine sensitive line and hand-coloured etchings.