Me my Shadow and I – 2023
Photographic collage on paper/card
H52.5 x W37 cm
Time lapse self portrait. As a very young airman in the South African Airforce in 1971/2 and much later as a tourist at the Ypres museum in 2009. Casually standing beside a WW1 battlefield relic of an enormous phallocratic projectile, the artist (now Victor Mature) projects his own military shadow from times past as a boy soldier in the Apartheid War machine. Hovering above in a porthole view is an abstract circle equally divided between black and white. They meet at an horizon line against which two gravestones intimately lean into each other. The collages elements are set in an ornately decorated shaped frame reminiscent of a gravestone – widely available at the time of the Great War.