:: Melkhoutfontein, Stilbaai, Western Cape, South Africa - February & March 2016 ::
:: 2015 - 45cm x 35cm - Acrylics, Inks & Markers on Canvas Board ::
Starting from a photograph of the modern landscape at Blombos Cave, the scene is populated by ancient people making use of the sea shore, relaxing and engaging in activities we can't quite see. Though they are our ancnestors, they are shadowy: in some ways their world is lost to us and we all have are the memories found in the archaeology of Blombos Cave. This site stretches back the prehistory of the region back eighty thousand years and the community of Melkhoutfontein can be justly proud of their deep, deep roots in the landscape. It was hoped that I could have visited the cave whilst in the region, however unforeseen circumstances just before I arrived necessitated an increase in security and closure of access to the cave. It is hoped that this mural can also be eventually realised in the town.