Research Project Indian Ocean 2019 – 2020
Feelings of entrapment and entanglement in my Natal childhood emerged amidst an abundance of wild bananas and sugar cane fields – my current series began with the vivid remembering of this density of Durban foliage.
Later, during heady trips in my teens across the Indian Ocean to the coastal havens of Mauritius, I learned that the sugar estates there were part of the same system of indentured labour that serviced the South African sugar industry.
Thus began a fascination with a natural system whose beauty is fraught. These are scarred landscapes linked by a glimmering ocean. The historical energies rising to their surfaces speak of slavery, and the still current afterlives of exploitation and inequity.