Me my Shadow and I – 2023

ArtMe my Shadow and I – 2023
Me my Shadow and I – 2023

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 pacifist artist (now Victor Mature) projects his own military shadow from times past as a boy soldier in the Apartheid War machine. Note the rank chevrons in the WWII Nazi style, now no longer in use in South Africa. Hovering above in a porthole view is an abstract circle equally divided between black and white. They meet at a central horizon line. In the foreground two gravestones intimately lean into each other. The collages elements are set in an ornately decorated shaped period frame reminiscent of a gravestone – widely available at the time of the Great War.

Me, my Shadow and I
Me my Shadow and I – 2023
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