‘I try to symbolize the journey that we choose in life by representing texture as a topographical projection of the self: this process visually ‘maps’ the process of self-discovery. I begin by means of a series of walks and observations of interesting textures that I see and feel. As much as I feel the ground under my feet, my sight also contributes to the way textures come to be interpreted and experienced in my mind. These walks are for me a journey towards self-consciousness and the awareness of thoughts, or metacognition. If my painting is a process of embodying this sense of self-consciousness, it is therefore mainly abstract – although one can find familiar associations with objects in the outside world. The works also point to something metaphysical: the drips and splashes which compose the surface become infinite cosmologies of nature and the universe. The many levels of surface and depth, and subtle details of line, reflect the complexity of the self in the process of thought – a sensory vision that can be shared amongst all fellow-travellers.’ Machate is a B-Tech graduate in Fine and Applied Art in Tshwane University of Technology; Born in 1984, he lives and works as a full-time artist in Tembisa, Gauteng.