The Cecilia Project
I think most artists, at some point or another, are compelled to make work stemming from the question: who am I, where do I come from and where do I belong?
Imagining Cecilia. Many Southern Africans can trace themselves to a common starting point in the bodies of Hercules Des Pres and Cecilia Datis. Arriving together with six children in the cape in 1688 escaping the religious prosecution faced by Huguenots (of protestant faith) . What is harder to do is to go further back from there! Its these 326 years since that make us African; meeting and clashing with other tribes migrating south as ours moved north later during the great trek. I'm curious about Cecilia and the women who came after her. The women that made me.
The Cecilia Project is by no means done; in fact its hardly begun! I see this as a long term project that I can to continue with once I can do the research needed. Meanwhile, both of these paintings have been sold.
Stumbling across the Humans of New York project struck many chords for me, I collect photographs already as part of my work practice. It made sense to start a local Humans page for Gaborone, Botswana. The page enjoys a strong following of local youths between ages 18 to 24.
Eventually, due to interest from other people watchers, I have added several other contributors, their images giving the page multiple points of view.
Visit the page here.