Hello Africa #4 – Barbadian Artist Sheena Rose’s residency at Greatmore Art Studios: The Return Home
Lion’s Head hear me roar!!!
Lion’s Head was another mountain in Cape Town. It wasn’t as popular as Table Mountain but I heard that the locals would take a hike on the mountain on a Sunday morning. Mishkaah Roberts is another friend of mine who works at Greatmore Studios, and she invited us to a nice hike on the mountain. She told me she does this every week.
Early Sunday morning, we were ready to go hiking on Lion’s head. Mishkaah rang the door bell and shouted “Are you guys ready?” I guess I was ready for a challenge. We arrived at Lion’s Head and I was feeling energetic and ready. We all started to hike and I was in the lad at first. But slowly, everyone was walking past me. I guess, I wasn’t as fit as I thought and it started to remind me of the steps at Cape Point. I looked up at the top of Lion’s Head and asked myself, “I’m going way up there?”
The further we hiked, the rockier and rougher the mountain became. I was breathing heavy and I told Mishkaah, that I am not going any further. Mishkaah insisted that I will go up top of the mountain and I was already half way up. So I continued.
The mountain became more and more dangerous, I couldn’t believe that I was really climbing this mountain for real. I grabbed onto rocks, chains and ladders. I was almost there!
I was sweating and breathing harder, finally I make it to the top of Lion’s Head. There was a feeling of triumph and accomplishment. Mishkaah was very proud of me. I went to the very edge of the mountain and shouted, “Barbados!!!!!” I guess, Cape Town finally heard the Lion roared.
Ruth Prowse, school of art
At Greatmore Studios residency, each artists have to participte in an outreach project. I wanted to have a presentation at Ruth Prowse’s art school. I wanted the students to be aware about my art, contemporary Caribbean art and culture. While I was in Cape Town, I realised that not many people know anything about the West Indies.
A Tutor at the college, Wendy Morrison organised her class to attend the presentation. In the presentation, I spoke about my work, and mention some Caribbean artists names and work. I also told the students, how important, it was for me to become an international Contemporary Caribbean artist.
After the presentation, the students told me that they were truly inspired by my work. I felt very proud that at least I can broaden people’s minds about the West Indies rather than just to think the entire Caribbean is Jamaica. I laughed to myself.
“Aganza… across the continent“
Aganza was the name of the exhibition for the residency. The opening date was the 22nd of July. I was really excited to exhibited my new work. In the residency, all of the artists had to come together and think of a title for the show and we came up with that word. “Aganza” a Swahili word which meant “shed a light.” I thought it was clever, because each of us came from different countries.
The opening date of the exhibition, we had to use our studios and Galleries to exhibit the work. There were some disagreements about where and how the work should be shown in the gallery space. Eventually, we figured it out and it was time for the opening. As usual, I wanted to look great and let everyone remember me. I was really excited.
Lots of persons came to the show and they really enjoyed everyone’s work. Persons approached and told me that the work was fantastic. I felt really proud that I did it, I really did it. I finished the resideny and had a great exhibition. I couldn’t believe that it was finished, all of that hard work that I did during the three months really pay off and I was really happy.
Would I do it again?…. Of course!
Now, it ‘s the ending of my trip. I had some fun times, adventurous, sad and unforgettable times here in Cape Town. To tell you the truth, from the begining of this trip and up to now, I still can’t believe that I came to South Africa. I never thought in my life, that I would be here, This was truly amazing and fantastic exoerience for me and it really help me developed some new ideas for my art. I am excited to tell my family and friends the stories I mentioned here on The Bajan Reporter web-magazine.
I am very proud of myself that I exhbited my work, met artists and created friendships.
I wanted to thank Christopher Cozier, Allison Thompson, the Greatmore Studios Crew, Dr. Trevor Carmichael, my family, friends and everyone that make this trip possible and being so supportive during my stay in Cape Town. Thank you! Of course, I cannot forget Ian Bourne, the Bajan Reporter, my editor in sharing to you the wonderful, funny, and unforgettable experience I had in South Africa. Thank you !
Now, it’s time for me to head home. Home sweet home – Barbados!