Even the Elephant's Death Will Occur on a Single Day, 1995-97

Even the Elephant's Death Will Occur on a Single Day, 1995-97
Triptych (left panel), oil on canvas, 120 x 80 cm

The three titles of this triptych are encrypted. The left scene carries the title Even the Elephant’s Death Will Occur on a Single Day. Three vultures floatingly stagger through the air. In Africa, they appear at places where something has died.

The three eagles on the right part of the triptych, which carries the title The Stream of Time, sit on a cliff, while a fourth one, free-floating between the rock formations, is targeting something at ground level. The eagle is a symbol of life and is considered as a donor of light and fertility. The artist certainly intended to refer to the much-needed societal change of the African society, which experienced an epoch-making transition with the end of South Africa’s apartheid policy in the mid-1990s.

 

 

Triptych

Even the Elephant's Death Will Occur on a Single Day, 1995-97
Triptych (left panel), oil on canvas, 120 x 80 cm
Turn of the Fire, 1995-97
Triptych (middle panel), oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm
The Stream of Time, 1995-97
Triptych (right panel), oil on canvas, 120 x 80 cm