Rosemary Cassidy Buswell.
Nelson Mandela Art Tribute, 2014, Uruguay.
Title: “Forget the Past”.
Mixed Media on Canvas 40x40cm.
Number 3 in my series, ‘Just another stitch in the wall...’
The title of the piece is a quotation of Nelson Mandela’s, and the piece is inspired by the wonderful turquoise houses of the Xhosa tribe, into which he was born. In the bright sunshine the thatched rooves cast wonderful shadows on the walls, which gave me the composition of the painting. His country is represented by a collaged map, and pictographs, showing the long ancestry of the South African people. The handprint is for the Rainbow nation, and the free floating thread represents two ideas which mean something to me. The first is a Chinese proverb which tells us that an invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance, that the thread may stretch or tangle, but never break. The second is that Navajo weavers always extend a thread out of their weaving so their creativity is not trapped. For me these ideas also represent Nelson Mandela’s achievements, and his long and eventful life.