Peter Clarke (1929 - )
The Lappiesman


mixed media
50 x 35cm

In winter he sleeps in his favourite tree at night & wakes in the morning
to the sound of his friends the birds singing all around him. The quiet
activity of ants, the bees busy among flowers in the summer landscape, each of
these forms an integral part of his world.
More often, Outa Lappies, as he calls himself, is a traveling man walking
the long lonely roads, hauling his handmade cart trailing lanterns like
a peculiar convoy behind him. He has assembled these various-sized
vehicles & artifacts from refuse & raw material.
With his hat on his head & dressed in his extraordinary colourful attire
made up of lappies, he treks mile after mile after mile; his plans
& destination contained within the recesses of his mind. All about
him is the vast space of Klein Karoo in which he wanders like
his relatives, the karretjie mense, & before them their San & Khoi
forefathers. Each journey is like an answer to an ancestral call.
Under the open sky the nomadic lappiesman, this artistically colourful
personality responds like a free spirit to an inner urge & wanders
into the far-off reaches of the silent hugeness of the Klein Karoo.
The reason for this seeming pointless wandering is an acknowledgement
of boundless physical space & the interior world of a truly
flamboyant imagination.


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