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Akumal Arts Festival 2018, Yucatan Mexico
I was invited to paint a mural at the Akumal Arts Festival in the Yucatan region of Mexico. Inspired by Cenotes and how Mexicans stare death in the face, unlike where I'm from where we pretend it doesn't exist.
Cenotes are limestone sinkholes, often underground. They are dark caverns, where you can escape the 40oc heat by swimming in the dark turquoise water full of black catfish. Mayans believe that these cenotes were links to the underworld, and use to sacrifice people in them. As you swim in them wondering what is below you, bats fly over head, nesting amongst the stalagtites. Mayans believed bats had eyes at the end of their wings with which they could see death.
The bats are flying towards the Mexican marigold, which is used in the Day of the Dead celebration. The pungent smell and bright orange flower is thought to guide the spirit of deased loved ones to their shrines. The colourful stripes are from the traditional Mexican shawls, known as serapes.
Big thanks to @akumalartsfestival and @klonism for organising such a brilliant art festival, and the artists @zenor.2061, @pawski_h2i, @seca_one, @nomad.clan, @jimvision and @qubekmanchester. See more in the link below.
Barnardo's Family Room, Hartcliffe
I was commissioned to paint this optical illusion for the playroom where children meet with their parents and social services. Barnardos wanted to whole room to have a more child friendly and playful atmosphere.
The floor was so confusing to spray paint, getting all the angles to line up from one perspective was a real challenge, as it looked completely distorted from every other than where the yelow footprints are. It was great fun and I loved seeing kids interact with it in a way that they can't with a painted wall, especially the snakes and ladders floor mural.