In this series of paintings on wooden blocks artist, Sally Rumball reflects on issues relating to her own being.
With reference to Tom Waits' Children's Story
The adult yearns for a miraculous return to then, to those times, of no anxiety, no liability - of safety, consistent love, sustenance. Memories of tree climbing, dress-up, sandpits and crayon doodles linger. Needs are basic – eat, drink, sleep, love, play, learn, give thanks. Joy, anticipation and spontaneity are plentiful - before criticism and its resulting insecurities, before rules and restrictions, before knowledge and awareness, before fear of the future and regrets of the past, before loss and aloneness.
This wooden sculpture of a thin, Nelson Mandela comments on how people in power are misusing and manipulating the political gaint's legacy and his cause, hence the gaint rabbit whispering in a skinny Madiba's ear.