What inspired you to make the metal screen?
I had travelled to the north of the country and was fascinated with the “skeletons” of traditional houses that I saw sometimes. Especially the “bones” of the roof structures. Occasionally I saw these roof structures for sale on the roadsides, and sometimes I saw them being carried from place to place. The sticks used to create these structures were bound together in interesting ways and the whole object was fascinating both from in a formal way and as a concept.
What method/process was involved in creating this metal screen?
I made various drawings and presented them to the NAGN, who then employed Chris Snyman to translate the drawing to a metal screen which he did really well.
Are there specific elements that we can see/identify in the metal screen and what do they symbolize?
There is just one element, and that is the roof structure of a traditional house from Northern Namibia. For me this symbolizes the concepts of home, vulnerability and human-centered constructs.
Any additional information you would like to share about this artwork?
I am always happy to use art as a way to translate, preserve, promote and emphasize the traditional handwork made by Namibians.