Odd Artist of the Month: Puleng Mongale

Puleng Mongale was born in 1991 in Orlando East, Soweto. She matriculated in 2009 and went on to attain a General BA, majoring in English and Communication Science at the University of South Africa. In 2015 she enrolled at Umuzi, a creative hub based in Jeppestown, and pursued copywriting, earning herself jobs in several reputable advertising agencies. Although constantly surrounded by photographers, Puleng only picked up a camera in September 2019. Currently, her favoured medium of expression is digital collages fused with self-portraiture.

Puleng’s artistic expression is mostly influenced by the life stories of the women in her life; women who raised her and women in her family who she has heard about but never met- such as her late great grandmother who she is named after. She also draws inspiration from the black, working-class women she encounters daily in the city.

Puleng’s digital collage work is a search for identity through an internal dialogue that revolves around a re-imagined history, the establishment and maintenance of ancestral relationships, black womanhood, and re/claiming her heritage.

You can purchase some of Puleng’s work from the following links: