The Linden Market Autumn Edition kicked off in 2018 with the biggest attendance yet. The market brought a lot of new and interesting ideas to the table. One of them definitely stood out from the crowd. In collaboration with Uber Flavour Craft Ice Tea and POP Paint we brought in six female artists to paint a live mural on an oil barrel in front of the market audience.
For the artists the day started off a little quieter and accompanied with great music, they could easily plan their piece for their individual barrels. As they dipped their brushes into the amazing POP colours, the hustle and bustle started and our talent were submerged by the laughter and joy of the audience surrounding them.
The six creative women where all given one specific theme, Infused with an African Soul, and they could apply it as they see fit. Specifically chosen, they all came from different areas within the art world, each with their own unique style. This was particularly interesting when they got into full swing of things. The live mural painting became a performance where the audience had the freedom to interact with the artists, their work, Uber Flavour, and Pop Paint.
Here are some of the artists’ thoughts.
Octavia Roodt on her design and the theme:
Without trying to get too political, the theme inspired me to try and fight through the swamp of potential political angst to that quiet and peaceful plateau, that bubble where we do not agonise over the past or present. Essentially that space where we can and should drink tea, as it is, rightfully, the most meditative of beverages. What local symbols then, can create such an atmosphere?
What I decided on was the San, specifically placed in the flat, empty Karoo. Regarding infusion, this is where the fun could start. By blending the virtual age with the primordial, the barren with the heavy cloud of flavour and the wrinkled sage with the young child, I intended to “infuse” a few contrasting yet closely related ideas together. That, and the more of that gorgeous pink, the better.
Ilze ‘Issa’ Mari Wessels on painting in front of people for the first time and POP Paint:
It was amazing. It was the first time I’ve experienced something like this, especially painting in front of strangers. The social interactions were really interesting, people from different ages came to inspect what we were doing and they asked plenty of questions. It was great to speak to the audience on why we do what we do as artists.
The platform allowed for these interactions to happen, which was what really stood out for me. You rarely get the opportunity as an artist to work on a level where you are confronted with so many minds and opinions at once.
I wish I could take all the paint home. POP Paint was great fun to work with, the experience was all-round fantastic.
Bianca Buisman on the energy, artists and atmosphere of the day:
I haven’t ever painted in front of so many people – so this already brought a lot of energy to my heart. The other phenomenal feeling was sitting alongside a few other artists, all from different backgrounds, all from different styles, creating something together. Synchronised in a way, made it feel beautifully revolutionary and brought it to life. It created unity in building something really beautiful.
All-in-all, it was a tough day to get that much paint onto the barrel with all the ideas you have, but at the end of it, it felt empowering.
For a market to bring young artists into the public and a new space is incredible. Yes, you know, every market can bring local brands to the forefront, but you don’t often find that they bring young contemporary artists who really want to make something for themselves. It brought a whole other energy and culture to the market, it brought it to life. I have never seen it anywhere else and I think in itself it is something really interesting. When you bring interesting cultural things to an area, it starts taking a different shape. It inspired me to do more things live. The energy definitely influences the results.
The art activation inspired many market goers on the day and the feedback was exceptional. The Winter Edition will fill out the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens on the 30th of June and you can expect more interesting projects like this one.
ILZE MARI WESSELS