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This is another piece from my ‘Homesick’ series. Wherever I go, I take with me memory images of home. Houses in the distance, symbols & signs that remind me of what my Mum or Dad taught me over the years.
In this painting, I have houses in the distance to remind me, of what it feels like to be approaching home. If you look at this painting closely (and believe me, it takes some time to see everything), amongst other things I have a group of deers, a lizard, a snail, & a family.
The deers, remind me of when my Mum used to tell me that the best way to learn was to watch and copy. And to push this home, she pointed out that, this is how young deers quickly learnt to be part of a herd and to keep up with it and that, it was essential to their survival.
The lizard (batanical name – Agama lizard), reminds me of my Dad, who used it to show me what it means whenever it nods it’s head. He would tell me, “Look whenever the lizard nods it’s head when it falls, it’s praising himself, so my son, whenever you fail, remember this, nod and praise yourself for trying and try again”. And he would add, “Whenever you see the lizard fall and climb again, and succeed, then you know that you can too”.
The snail was used by my Mother to convince me that I had to cover my vulnerably softer parts (especially my emotions) with a ‘shell’ to protect them. Revealing myself only, to those that I trust.
As for the family, the importance of being a part of a family unit was constantly hammered without seize into my head everyday. And to describe it as both my parents did would only mean, that I would have to ’hammer’it down your heads as well…