“I am a self taught, universe taught artist dabbling in many different mediums. Primarily painting, poetry, sculpting, recently singing and of course gardening. My style is undoubtedly naïve and personal. I try to connect myself and others to the Earth and each other through images, forms and words. To communicate joy in that connection. ”
Thandi lives and works in Ladybrand in the Eastern Free State. She has a large body of accumulated poetry. Her first collection the turtle dove told me was published by Modjaji Books and won a SALA award in 2014. A second collection will be published in 2021.
She has also been published in various lit. magazines including New Contrast, New Coin and Carapace. Her paintings were used on the covers of New Contrast in 2009. Her poetry was included in an anthology Heart of Africa! Poems of Love, Loss and Longing. African Sun Press 2014. In 2018 she participated in the 2018 McGregor Poetry Festival and you can hear her read a few poems on the Badilisha Poetry X-Change. https://badilishapoetry.com/thandi-sliepen/