Rebecca Verdal-Austin

Nalatenskap (“Legacy’’ in Afrikaans)

Drawing

My artwork’s intention is to tell the story of my Grandfather working as a Urologist, and how he became good friends with his renowned patient Nelson Mandela.

Through my extensive pencil drawings and integration of my Grandfather’s book and letters between the pair in my work, I unite the two characters together, highlighting their unusual friendship amidst political turmoil.

My drawings are an invitation for the audience to appreciate and question the concept of legacy and its association between different people, by focusing on textures and working with conflicting light and shadows.