:: Red Ochre Dancers - Mural Design ::

:: Melkhoutfontein, Stilbaai, Western Cape, South Africa::
:: February & March 2016 - March & April 2017 - February & March 2018 ::

About the Project    Progress    Murals 2016    Murals 2017
Murals 2018    Encounters with the Swift People

Swift Ppl    Red Ochre    Eland Ppl    Eland Ppl    Stillbay    Mother Daughter    Blombos    From Here    Timewalk    Southern Cross

:: 2015 - 45cm x 35cm - Acrylics, Inks & Markers on Canvas Board ::

David Lewis-Williams, Ian Watts and several others have commented on the Blombos Cave red ochre artefacts that if they inscribed patterns on ochre, they must have been painting those patterns on their bodies too. Here is imagined a dance for the women at Blombos 80,000 years ago, with the patterns on the ochre seen on their bodies and as a cohesive social community symbol. Although popular with the community, this design was not realised into a mural during my stay in Melkhoutfontein. However I have set several artistically-inspired members of the community the (perhaps a bit daunting!) challenge of painting this image on Katrina Solomon's house. I hope with the arrival of new artists in the Autumn of 2016 that they will be able to be mentored to do this.

Red Ochre Dancers

Below is an earlier version of this design...

Red Ochre Dancers Early Version


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