Zulu House Coat (2001)

Polyethylene, canvas, galvanised painted steel, photographs, grass
200cm x 200cm x 240 cm

Artist's Statement

The Coat is used here as a metaphor for protection of individuals, society, culture and history as well as a recognizable symbol of the human form. The six large works reflect my awareness of the spirit of South Africa, of Zulu culture and history, the transition from the apartheid era to post-apartheid democracy, South African news and how it impacts on our lives and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They also reflect the traditional beadwork techniques and the energy and vibrancy of Kwazulu Natal where I live

Burning of Cetswayo's Kraal by the British 4th July 1879. Charred, blackened, embers. Beehive huts, the Royal kraal at Ulundi, Kwazulu Natal. Original plaited grass.

Survival and revival of Zulu culture. Comparing the beautiful craftsmanship and natural materials to the recycled materials in the squatter camps and the bricks, cement and plaster boxes of the modern "improved" homes.