Lionel Smit’s muse is most often the Cape Malay woman. His work centres on identity. The sculptural process – evident in Smit’s unique moulding technique – becomes as significant as the subject; the procedure itself challenging the way we create an understanding of identity through art. Rather than simply representing a model’s identifiable characteristics verbatim, Lionel Smit blurs the fabric of realism through abstraction: the dense and robust surface is like a landscape, plied and wrought, yet fragile and fallible, becoming then like flesh itself.

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Origins of Broken Fragment F
Origins of Broken Fragment F

bronze

ed 5 of 6

40 x 26 x 24cm

Origins of Broken Fragment F
Origins of Broken Fragment F Origins of Broken Fragment F
Origins of Broken Fragment K
Origins of Broken Fragment K

bronze

ed 5 of 6

33.5 x 15.5 x 19cm

Origins of Broken Fragment K
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Large Malay Girl With Cuts (detail)
Large Malay Girl With Cuts (detail)

bronze

h 112cm

Large Malay Girl With Cuts (de...
Large Malay Girl With Cuts (detail) Large Malay Girl With Cuts (detail)
Large Malay Girl With Cuts (front)
Large Malay Girl With Cuts (front)

bronze

h 112cm

Large Malay Girl With Cuts (fr...
Large Malay Girl With Cuts (front) Large Malay Girl With Cuts (front)
Large Malay Girl With Cuts (front)
Large Malay Girl With Cuts (front)

bronze

h 112cm

Large Malay Girl With Cuts (fr...
Large Malay Girl With Cuts (front) Large Malay Girl With Cuts (front)
Large Malay Girl With Cuts (side)
Large Malay Girl With Cuts (side)

bronze

h 112cm

Large Malay Girl With Cuts (si...
Large Malay Girl With Cuts (side) Large Malay Girl With Cuts (side)
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