Beaufort II : Oostduinkerke, Jane Alexander
The composition of JANE ALEXANDER, a South-African artist (°1959) is overwhelming, it touched me, it impressed me deeply.
At the tram stop “Schipgat” you walk towards the beach and there is a canal boat in the sand (38 meters long). Out of the hold a creature walks : it is the herald (voorbode) = the harbinger.
“HARBINGER WITH BARGE AND IMPERIAL LANDSCAPE (
And then you walk into the hold of the barge : very pleasant wooden joists as a floor, orange metal sides with ribs, the sun light that falls in through the covering plates is yellow and blue, you are inside, it feels comfortable. In this belly of the boat you meet hybrid figures, on the floor there are 500 pair of red plastic gloves and there are machetes : they point to the violent South-African history and the apartheid. I understood by feeling. It’s difficult but I am not going to show you the full Harbinger and only a small photo of the hold, so that there is room for you to go and experience it yourself.