Black Gold was the starting point for all my Golden Series where I use words as parts of my paintings and the colour gold to show my admiration for women. It portrays the Cape Verdean women who I became friends with during my life on the islands from 2015 – 2018.
The name Black Gold leads back to the expression “being worth Gold”, which to me describes best these women’s preciousness, beauty and worth. Moreover, it expresses how I feel about women in general.
The hair and clothes in the portraits are woven by the words that we spoke during our time together: they tell stories about their lieves and treat universal topics like family, friendship, health and love. They are written in Creole language, the language spoken in Cape Verde.
“Black Gold” was exhibited in February 2018 in Nos Kausa Spasu Kultural Gallery in Tarrafal Santiago, Cape Verde.