2009

In the aerial view of Robben Island with Table Mountain in the background, Van Rooyen has used old R1 coins showing B.J. Voster and P.W. Botha to make the Island while the sea is made up of rubbings from old coins showing Van Riebeeck and Queen Elizabeth. The Mountain, symbolising hope one can easily argue is made up of theR5 coin showing the face of Nelson Mandela and the coastline and sky comprises images of a 1c piece. The last-mentioned coin shows two sparrows (mossies) which were placed on the lowest denomination coin in reference to the Bible verse ‘Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.’ *(Matthew 10:29-31)Her work based on Zimbabwe similarly draws upon the history of the specific geographical landscapes she portrays. The image of Great Zimbabwe (for merely known as ‘The Zimbabwe Ruins’) she plays on the notion of ‘Zimbabwe in Ruins’ in which the worthless Zimbabwe currency, proudly displaying the national Zimbabwe Eagle symbol, is used to make up an image of the place of former unity and national pride in pre-colonial days. However, in this case, the sky is made up of old Rhodesian coins showing the Queen (but upside down) perhaps indicating that there is an overarching legacy that dominates the current political situation in that country. Notably, this work can be read to be less positive about the future than the image of Table Mountain and Robben Island though still offering a promise of the future.