Simix Simeon - Matana Watalam (Eyes of the Chief) 2016
Inkjet print, Open edition,
Matana Watalam means 'Eyes of the Chief'. On Mataso Island before the missionaries came there was only one tribe with one Chief. The Chief gave permission to the missionaries to teach Christianity to the Matasos.... but there was division in the new beliefs and the big tribe was then divided into four smaller tribes. The four crosses in his painting represent this division and the book represents the Bible. The colours Simix uses are symbolic as well. Red represents blood because the Matasos were cannibals before the missionaries came. Green represents the land on Mataso and blue represents the sky and sea, yellow the sun. White represents the white skin of the missionaries as well as the white clothing they wore.
Inks: Epson Ultrachrome K3
Paper: Inkjet Pro Elite 240gsm