Usha Seejarim is fascinated by the mundane and the ordinary where domestic and found materials make a distinct appearance in her work. She has had more than seven solo exhibitions and is perhaps most known for her public artworks. Seejarim has completed a number of commissions including Figures representing articles from the Freedom Charter (2008) in Kliptown, Soweto; Pin Code (2005) for the cellular network MTN; artwork for the facade of the South African Chancery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; various light sculptures that formed part of Why Men (2007-2010) in Sandton, Johannesburg and a seeded portrait for Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu.
Seejarim has a deep commitment to social development. With a background in art education at grass roots level and a propensity for scale through public art, Seejarim brings these together to create large scaled participatory and community based public art projects.
Usha Seejarim holds a Masters degree in Fine Art from Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa. She currently resides in Johannesburg and works between two studios, one being at the Bag Factory Artist’s Studios.