Auguries of Innocence
4 September at 09:40, Pretoria Art Museum
Mmutle Arthur Kgokong: I hope you are ok this morning
Elizabeth Balcomb: I’m good very good, yes, yes
Mmutle AK: You slept in Pretoria or in Johannesburg? (laughs)
Elizabeth B: No in Pretoria, geeze just up the road, very closed. I’m fresh
MAK: …yah well I am glad that you are…
EB: close, close
MAK: fresh, you know, after last night’s busy evening.
MAK: And thank you for agreeing to speak to me Elizabeth. Ehhm, I just want us to start right at the beginning. Where were you born, and you know, what was it like growing up where you were born?
EB: Alight, I was born in Westerneria, but ehhm when I was not even three months old my parents moved to Howick in KZN, ya, and then we moved to Pietermaritzburg after, …my father was a minister of a church, but this was during apartheid days, and he was part of the underground [movement] to overthrow the government and in his church he wanted black people to come…and and just start changing South Africa but [the church] elders kicked him out as a result and so we had to leave Howick and moved to Pietermaritzburg and he started lecturing Theology and so yah that was very part of my life was that experience, Yah…
MAK: So (interrupts)
EB: but, about, I wanted to be …no, I was told the moment I started drawing pictures that I was talented and I had always had that encouragement my whole life and when I was about eleven years old I saw a sculpture and I wanted to start sculpting from about that age