Mountain Vigil (Lemon Haze)

Oil, acrylic, spray-painted branch, wood and candles on canvas (40x40cm).

A painting that combines the legend of Van Hunks in Cape Town and the legacy of Black Mountain College.

The places in which these ‘stories’ (one fact, one fiction) are set share difficult histories of persecution. It is tradition across cultures, when time has passed after traumatic events, to remember them in poignant ways – sometimes with the undertones of a religious ceremony, like a vigil.

The painting therefore takes on the role of the symbolic ‘hand-crafted diplomas’ like those made at Black Mountain College.