Thomarya ”Tee” Fergus is a multi-dimensional artist currently based in Toronto, ON. A true renaissance woman, Tee uses painting, tattoo artistry, photography and fashion to communicate with global audiences. She incorporates a range of mediums in her creative practice including large and small-scale canvas, textiles, and digital and analog photography. Born on the island of St.Vincent, Tee has been painting since 2009 and tattooing since 2007, carving out a style of her own that leaves a unique and colourful fingerprint on the world. Tee’s work is influenced by her reverence for the land, travel, and a deep commitment to healing the human condition through colour and texture. Tee has continually broken barriers in the tattoo industry, bridging gaps with her intersectional lens and shifting the culture to one that is inclusionary and safe for people of colour. As a self-taught artist, Tee incorporates detailed line work into her pieces, an ode to the universal threads that connect us all.
Thembeka Heidi Sincuba (they/them) began undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town and Artez Arnhem going on to do a masters at Goldsmiths University of London and is now a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town with a working thesis title: Ubungoma, Fetish and Technology: A Synthesis of Art. The artist has taught painting at Rhodes University as well as a course called Spirituality in Art at the University of Cape Town. This research interest is rooted in the artist’s own training as a sangoma (shaman).
Sincuba’s practice uses the concepts of Afro-pessimism and social death, with an interest in womxn’s work globally and more specically sub saharan Africa. The work’s aims are towards fugitivity, sex positivity and the eradication of gender based violence. The transdisciplinary use of painting, drawing, photography, video, performance, text, textiles, community work and installations, as well as a conceptual foundation of lived experience and indegenous knowledge systems mark the nuance of this practice. The decade-long, independent career has yielded a uid and speculative aesthetic, manifested through methodologies of multiplicity.