Tag Archives: Kraal

5 Paintings in Progress

I’ve been working in a pool house this week developing seven new pictures. Five of them are far enough along to share. They are a little more unfinished than usual, but I leave tomorrow for a road trip to the Makgadikgadi salt pans and the the Tuli Block, a game preserve. They’ll have to wait […]

Rre Motsewabeng Motsewabeng

Motsewabeng Motsewabeng sat outside his compound in southern Botswana. It was mid-morning and he was relaxing by the gate, tending to a black kettle sitting over a little fire. We spoke through an interpreter, my travel companion and fellow artist Meleko Mokgosi, who translated from Setswana to English so that I could follow the conversation. […]

Walls and Gates

The surface of Southern Africa is hatched with walls. From the air Johannesburg looks like a circuit board in which every choice bit is surrounded by a barrier that requires an access code. In Gaborone, the capital of Botswana and my current home, the growing suburbs are collections of enclosures whose walls and gates hint […]