June 2019 2
Vukovar is a town in Croatia, located at the border with Serbia. Despite a tragic history of destruction and emigration, the town has flourished into a beautiful open gallery, now hosting 18 large-scale murals organised by Vukovart.
For this project, I chose to depict the theme ‘Home is where your heart is’: even if you may not have a physical house, your home is always within you. The feeling of home can be memories, nature, family, a passion and a lot more. I painted a portrait of my Croatian friend Sanja, holding a key, with a house is set in transparency onto her chest/heart. The background has a mix of pastel colours (blues, pinks, oranges) and sights of Vukovar. The mural is located next to the Danube river, opposite a newly renovated path for pedestrians and cyclists.
“Home is where your heart is” – Zabou – 10x11m – Vukovar, Croatia – 2019
Photo credit: (1) Zabou, Rest: Vukovart
I spent a few days at the Mendès-France middle school in my hometown, Saumur, to paint a mural as well as doing workshops with some of the students. The artwork is located at the entrance of the school, in a covered courtyard where bikes can be parked. It features the cropped portraits of 3 art students: Léa, Jérémy and Tayana, and focuses on their eyes. The portraits are based on photographs by Jef Rabillon. One is looking straight at the audience, the other two are looking away, outside of the ‘frame’ of the mural. They could be looking forward, to their future.
“In Their Eyes” – Zabou – 20x2m – Saumur, France – 2019
Photo credit: Zabou