'DIE BROEDERBOND', 2020
he world that we live in has come to force us to make a choice between two opposing sides. Often the unspoken reality about such choices is the lack of ability for us to find ways of co-existing or even attempting to understand each other. Both sides think their cause is just and worth fighting for, rendering both sides to believe that the other sides cause or symbolism is poison. This painting and by extension the words “Die Broederbond” are a reflection of these state of affairs. “Die Broederbond” is Afrikaans for a brothers bond, a bond that runs deeply between me and the artist “Fuzzy Slippers” I collaborated on this painting with. The two of us have such distinct visual signatures that could only be described as “two opposing sides”. However, our friendship of almost 2 decades has come to symbolise a brotherhood. To the South Africans reading this they would have thought the name of this painting represented “Die Broederbond” a Afrikaaner brotherhood often accused of being “chief architects” of our peoples suffering. Its up to you the observer what you choose to see… nothing is incorrect, however, be aware of how your interpretation might cause division.