Thandie Keet De Melo
I’ve been creative as long as I remember. Literally since I could walk. Whether dancing, writing or drawing, I’ve always had an endless supply of creative energy and a need to create.
I was born in Africa in a time of conflict, when the worst excesses of colonialism were being challenged. I was born to conscious, activist parents who had powerful voices for liberation. The theme of liberation and healing has run throughout my life and art, though it often manifests in a seemingly more spiritual journey for liberation.
I guess I have a powerful voice too, but it’s expressed differently. I’m still working towards amplifying that voice.
I feel maybe I’ve been through so many varied cultural, familial and political landscapes, for a reason (read my upcoming book to know more). I feel it’s my calling and duty as an artist, to also be a social activist. For me, that manifests via creation and collaboration. I’m most creative when I’m not trying, when my ego or self is still and out of the way. I love creating this way because it also means I don’t know exactly what’s coming, like in life, but without the seemingly scary potential consequences that often stop us getting out of our own way. Stay blessed.
Thandie is an illustrator and designer and is available for commissions and can be contacted at:
Thandie Created: Warrior Yoni, Yoni of the Mother Wound, Primal Yoni, Yoni of Illumination Yoni Muse and Yoni Sanctuary.