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Puppet masters (2019)

Oil on canvas, 149 x 193cm

The work, Puppetmasters (2019) is a large scale oil on canvas painting. The painting depicts the primitive but complex "rope and pulley" system used in the historic Big Hole, the famous open pit diamond mine in Kimberley City, South Africa. It is claimed to be the deepest hole ever excavated by hand. This primitive technological system was used to transport soil, diamonds and enslaved workers up and down the hole. In the metaphorical sense the ropes comments on the complexity, the anonymity and the extensive level of manipulation in which the "haves" controlled the "have nots". The ropes suggests unseen masters of puppets manipulating others caught in a historic system, resonates with modern day capitalism and liquidity.

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