Oliver Hunter Pohorille a.k.a SCUM BOY – two words which aptly describe the fast emerging South African transgender artist, translating his queer 3D rendered art into a 2D-heteronormative world. His work has been exhibited in many countries across the world, including UK, Paraguay , Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
How would you explain creativity to a 5-year-old?
Creativity is inside of you, it is everything you touch and everything you do. The smallest things are done with your creativity.
Why do you think creative thinking is important?
Creativity allows us to solve problems in a more adaptable way.
What's your favourite misconception about the creative process?
That it is a linear process, the majority of my work gets scrapped before it even sees the light of day. I go back and forth continuously, hating most of what I do and then eventually it works out.
Describe your creative process
It usually involves music, a notebook and my computer. I'll start with an idea, see what works well and then try execute it in the best way possible, most of the time the things I decide to do are never the things I actually end up doing. It always changes.
Where do you get your best ideas?
Everything that's around me turns into an idea. Usually in small pieces. Like perhaps I'll see someone that looks cool so I'll take a piece of that and then I'll see a building I like and I'll take a bit of that, maybe the light is hitting something in a really peculiar way and I'll recreate that in my work. So all the bits come together and I end up making something with that.
What do you do when you get creative block?
I get frustrated and I have to take a step back. Sometimes I push the whole creativity thing too hard. I sit down and I'm like "Okay now it's time to work, be creative" and that usually doesn't go according to plan. The problem with working in the creative field is that your creativity is what puts food on your table, you're not able to have a creative block but it's inevitable. So that's where the frustration comes from, but you can't help it. Sometimes stepping back is the only thing you can do.
How does a notebook fit into your creative process?
Ideas come to me out of nowhere and then they disappear just as quick, so a notebook helps me just jot everything down. Also when it comes to animating 3D models and rendering different frames, I need to calculate how many frames equal how many seconds and minutes etc, there's a lot of calculations and the notebook helps me keep track of that.
What are some essential tools in your creative process?
Speakers for music, my notebook, sharpies, my macbook so I have the brief, my work computer and cigarettes.
What does your workspace usually look like when you're creating?
It's an absolute mess. There's cigarette ash everywhere and papers all over the place. When I work I usually get into a trance and I don't even realize what a mess I'm making.
Name some people that have strongly influenced your work
I'm influenced by pop culture and various things, I wouldn't say I'm influenced by certain people but more by things and instances. For example Alexander Mcqueen's 2001 s/s show is a massive influence for me, futuristic dystopian movies and books like Brave New World, 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. Brands like Adidas, Balenciaga etc. Not one person influences me but groups of people and moments in history. Renaissance paintings influence me, architecture and music.
What would you change about the South African creative industry?
I wish there was less boring shit. I'm tired of the industry. Less white cis men creating bullshit. It's all boring.
Did you always see yourself as a "creative"?
Yes. Of course, everything else seemed useless. This was it
What were you most insecure about at the start of your career?
Actually having a career. I knew what I wanted and where I wanted to be but anxiety got me down. So for a long time I was trying to not take my career too seriously or even myself seriously. I didn't know if this would turn into a career, I knew that that is what I wanted, but I never outright said that this will be my career, cause if it never worked out then I could make myself feel better by saying " well I never wanted it anyway soo it's okay" .
Some advice for other creatives just starting out?
Keep pushing, work everyday. Find what works for you and just stick with it. If it's good and you know what you're doing is great then keep pushing. If it's not great then soz, try something else.
What's next for you? Any interesting projects, adventures, or aspirations...
I have like 10000 projects happening right now. I'm working with a lot of local artists on various different projects. I also have 3 big international exhibitions coming up on 3 different continents. So stay tuned for that, there's a lot happening.
You invent a company that uninvents things that currently exist. What are your top uninventions?
1. Horses 2. Fancy dustbins in cupboards 3.Horses
Where can people follow your work?
@scumboy.pdf on Instagram