:: Melkhoutfontein, Stilbaai, Western Cape, South Africa - February & March 2016 ::
:: 2015 - 40cm x 15cm - Acrylics, Inks & Markers on Canvas ::
Melkhoutfontein resident Katrina Solomon, one of the Kamammas of Dreamcatcher South Africa, expressed her wish to have a large mural exploring the whole history and prehistory of her community, to be painted on the side of her house. I was delighted to be invited to come up with a design for this, and the image below shows a rough sketch of a walk through time encompassing the prehistory of the region from Blombos and the Bushman and Strandloper contributions to the community's culture, as well as the modern history of the town: the coming of Christianity, the opening of the first church and school and the beginnings of the Dreamcatcher project itself. More sketches were then added and changed based on Katrina's feedback. See the completed mural at Frank's house here.
However, sadly this mural was not able to be realised on Katrina's house due to ongoing building work that was not completed on time. After much soul-searching, she decided to gift her vision of this mural to the whole community - a very generous act indeed and typical of the community spirit in Melkhoutfontein - and it was eventually realised in a prominent place at the entrance to the town where it could be seen at a great distance. Katrina herself has opted to have the Red Ochre Dancers mural on her wall once completed, so there is a happy ending for her too!
Extra sketches and additions based on Katrina's feedback...