Archival inkjet image on Felix Schoeller True Fibre
29.7 x 42cm
The tall, wild, and tangled stalks in Sugarcane evoke my Durban childhood. It was their lush fecundity which first drew me in. Yet over time, a guttural unease emerged with the knowledge of how such plantations had come into being through indentured labour. The visceral, lacerating energy of this painting hints at the ominous entanglements of these plantations. This Sugarcane series continues – as with the earlier series Traces of Untold Stories and INDIGO – Passage to Healing – to explore colonial remnants. Memory and loss. The currents of tension between trauma and renewal, move through our living history like hot wind.