'Servitude is like the tide, it changes' 516 x 355, woodcut
|"No one may be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labour". To Ian Marley, slavery and servitude are ongoing problems, that are always changing "like the tide that changes" and we will have to guard against these evils constantly. These probelms are part of our modern world and found on all levels of society, as indicated by the modern business man, who seems to be submerged in the water. Wearing a tie - itself a symbol of constriction and, in a sense, servitude - the business man is literally carrying a yoke. His head, expression of individuality and humanity, has completely disappeared beneath the ancient helmet with its ox-like horns.
Born in 1965 in Gibraltar, Ian Marley came to South Africa as a young child. He attended Vaal Triangle Technikon, where he received a national Higher Diploma in Fine Art. He first worked at the Technikon as a technician and later as a lecturer, before accepting a teaching position at the Free State Technikon in Bloemfontein. His work has been included in a number of regional and national exhibitions.