In Search of the Lost Chateau

Artists are familiar with “Indian Yellow”, which was originally made by the urine of cows fed on mango leaves. When planning this work, I was totally engulfed by the memories of our laughs, the aroma of prepared meals in the small kitchen, the slashing sounds of canal water, birds’ songs in the trees at sunset […]

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Blood and Paint

In one of my many notebooks I once wrote: “…and in the early days red was made of the blood of cochineal, a parasite on the prickly pear…..and also used in cosmetics!” It was December 2014, with Christmas celebrated worldwide. The colors, especially in Europe for these celebrations are red and green. In South Africa, […]

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