SHADOWS

Latest Work / Mixed Media

EMULSION, SAND, STICK, LEAVES, OILS, OIL PASTEL, SHELLAC ON CANVAS
90CM X 90CM

The intent behind the piece is to portray the beginning of the Kaisers rule in SWA. In the piece called Shadows, the deeply textured surface is mostly covered in black paints moving across the canvas eclipsing all in its path, with just a small area of light in the bottom far right corner. Dark foreboding figures appear to walk across the surface. There is a slight glimpse of gold through the black depicting The Kaisers crown and the endless European quest for resources. Text from historical quotes is handwritten onto the top right corner:
“before the soldier comes the trader and missionary”
(Kaiser Wilhelm)

The use of twigs and sharp sticks violently applied to the surface are intended to portray the haphazard unnatural borders marked down across the lands and now are like scars/wounds on the African landscape. On another level the work alludes to (and twists) the language used historically about Africa in bringing light to the Dark Continent. I have looked to use materials to turn the meaning of this upside down to show the reality that darkness actually moved across the land in a wave of oppression and violence.