Unveiling the poetic palette: An intimate conversation with Sana King

By Lindelwa Masuku

In a world brimming with artistic wonders, we often find ourselves captivated by the stories and creations of exceptional individuals who dare to challenge the conventional boundaries of art. Sana King, a Johannesburg-based poet turned self-taught multi-disciplinary artist, is one such visionary.

With an innate ability to seamlessly weave words and colours, Sana's artistry transcends traditional mediums, beckoning us to explore the realms of fear, spirituality, and the profound healing power of creativity.

In this exclusive interview, we delve into the depths of Sana King's artistic journey, tracing the threads that connect her poetry and painting. Join us as we unravel the enigmatic tapestry of her imagination, discovering the inspirations, motivations, and transformative experiences that have shaped her unique voice in the contemporary art scene. 

From her beginnings as a young poet seeking solace in verses to her bold exploration of painting as a form of personal therapy, Sana's story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the boundless possibilities of artistic expression.

1. Can you tell us about your background and how you became a fine artist?

My journey with fine arts has been quite an interesting one. I am a poet and that's how I’ve always engaged with making art. I didn’t know there was something called fine arts until I first enrolled at Wits University for a BA in Fine arts. Initially, I wanted to become a teacher but my mother wanted me to be an actuarial scientist. 

Fine Arts was one of the options I included when applying at Wits, the application wouldn't go through with just one choice so I had to put other options. At that time I didn’t look into what Fine Arts was, I just wanted my application to go through. Out of all the choices I applied for, I only got accepted for Fine arts. 

When I started the degree I was happy to discover that photography was part of fine arts because I already had a foundation in photography and had been taking pictures. There were then other mediums I didn’t know about that I got to learn at Wits.