Iziko is an isiXhosa word, meaning ‘hearth’.
The hearth is traditionally and symbolically the social centre of the home. It is here that food is prepared and shared, stories are told and knowledge passed from one generation to the next.
Baobab trees can live for thousands of years and can grow to massive dimensions providing shade and habitats for numerous creatures. Often the tribal elders would come and sit around a big baobab tree to discuss and decide on important issues.
Here, I have an old bull elephant moving in to take his position under this big baobab tree to exchange his experiences as it were. He is the first to arrive.
Description: Elephant and Baobab.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 2m x 1.5m