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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Tales of Mamy Wata - 2014 - work in progress


“But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.” 

"But if you take my voice, said the little mermaid, what will I have left? Your beautiful body," said the witch. "Your graceful walk and your lovely eyes. Speak with them and you will be able to capture a human heart."

“Have you lost your courage? Stick out your little tongue, and let me cut it off in payment, and you shall have the potion."

"Here it is," said the witch, and cut out the little mermaid's tongue.”

The Little Mermaid - H. C. Andersen





"But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more."






Paintings 2014

Untitled, paint and pencil on paper 100cmx80cm

Untitled, paint and pencil on paper 100cmx80cm



Sketches




Saturday, 29 April 2017

Collaboration with Poetess Diane Simei for "Draw the line" - Surface Gallery commission




Whose revolution is this anyway?

My liberation was not built
As a play pen
For your dreams
Don't give you access to my pleasures
Ad hoc and duty free
Do not think my heart and mind
Are not important, secondary
No, remember this sweet nothing
My liberation's not for thee

I wear my heart and my sex
Draped upon my sleeve
Yet some of yall seem to think
That i am brash and too feisty
Until you want it for yourself
In whatever ways you feel
Touch it feel it hold it own it
But only momentarily
Cos deep down
Where truth resides
I think that what this really means
Is that i am but a dolly
With a button and a key
No, remember this sweet nothing
My liberation ain't for thee

Wanna fetishize my freedoms
Lick the flesh of fantasy
Exoticise
Eroticise - the vessel
That you see
You see that lioness, sat regal
Yet without the claws n teeth
You see that goddess, in me able
Yet compliant with your needs
But you failed to see the woman
Failed
To respect me
Didn't bother reading the book love
Don't get to watch it on TV
No, my liberation was not built sweet love
For he or thee....







Slippery when wet
Sombre thoughts beneath me
Lapping gently as i swim
Igniting memories of velvet
Pushed deep beyond within
Persistent aches
Engulf resolve
Rhythm of night time sways
Yonic caress
Warmth rising up
Heat emanates from skin
Ecstasy, sweet symphony
Nascent as life unfolds
Waxing upon the moonlight
Entranced by
Tides of old...




Constraint

I am open
I am feeling
I am breathing
Though the air surrounding's
Feeling thin.

Pushing harder
Exhaling smaller
Aching weak now
Fighting context, smashing ceilings
To fit in.

To these boundaries
These contraptions
Of constriction
Made as they are from paraffin

I inhale all
Give from my soul
These arbitrary constructs
Underpin.










Sunday, 2 April 2017

Just after Brexit banners .... "We are all interconnected"

Just after the Brexit news I went to an anti Brexit and against racism demo in Nottingham and found there most of my artists friends. The atmosphere was very emotional and I received hugs for being "non British" ... 
I had a conversation with Rikky Thomas Martinez (from Mas Y Mas band) who has always been singing and busking for peace, freedom and equality and we decided we needed to express our protest as artists. I produced and displayed these banners at a Mas Y Mas performance at Nottingham Contemporary.