Lakwena Maciver’s street art makes bold statements. Featuring quotes and phrases, her murals state things like: “The Best Is Yet to Come,” and “Be Bad Until You’re Good.” It’s the kind of daily reminders you’ll want to introduce to your life (2020 is all about positive vibes, and we’re feeling it!).
“I once read this quote [by philosopher Calvin Seerveld] that said as an artist it’s important to ‘fire your art until it emits sparks that warm, or burn, those it reaches,’ and for me that how I see my work and my responsibility as an artist,” said Maciver in an interview with Huck Magazine.
With almost 100k followers on Instagram, her art reaches both online and offline audiences. But when it comes to the power of words, Maciver turns to her faith. “In terms of words that get me through the day, it’d definitely be The Bible – that’s also added to my understanding of the power of words,” she explains. “Naturally, I’m a bit of a pessimist so it helps to meditate on words of truth and encouragement.”
According to Maciver, the creative process begins with choosing the right words. “Before I even start painting a wall, I think a lot about the concept and what I want to communicate,” she explains. “I love the colors and the patterns and all that, but that’s almost secondary to what I want to say.”