Yonela Doda, born in 1998 is a Cape Town based collage mixed media artists. Doda’s work is premised on the Catharsis Theory by Edward Casey and the deep connection she has with her physical and emotional aspect of her life as well as the things she wishes to fix within herself. Doda does this by dealing with the distortion, healing and purification of her own pain and insecurities.
Doda’s interest in looking at the fragmented and distorted body (particularly the woman’s body) by experimenting with collage and thread, has led her to her interest in extended and prosthetic bodies as well as ritualistic and transgressive body. Doda confronts how and why the body comes to matter, what the body can and is able to do as a material and the process of going through to get through which is strongly influenced by her interest in the Catharsis Theory.
Doda’s collage work is influenced by the creating of the hybrid body beyond the physical limitations of the human scale; extending and distorting the body to create new identity. Doda also uses stitching in her work(s), a way to communicate the process of healing and purification.
Doda’s ways of recalling her vulnerability might sometimes view as violent, which in some cases are.
In this body of work Doda explores the violence towards women in South Africa. She then goes on to talk about herself and her lover and the beauty of growth and pain.