Coming up with the makeup concept for the road safety project that was displayed in town recently was one of the jobs the artist said she enjoyed working on with the eight people she had to either splash their brains out or dislocate their bones with makeup. In an interview with Nalebrity, the self-taught artist opened up about what inspired her and why she agreed to be part of the project.
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Nalebrity (N): How long did it take for you to come up with the makeup concept?
Renate (R): Not long at all actually, I usually look for inspirational pictures, like for this I just googled “car accidents” and then I got inspired by the bloody look and recreated it. so that definitely helped. Let’s say, a day was how long I came up with the concept after I was approached by innovation studios about the whole initiative.
N: What inspired the project?
R: The main inspiration lies in the number of lives we’ve lost on the road through reckless driving. This is especially between the Okahandja and Otjiwarongo road. Statistics say we are number 45 in the whole wide world of lives being lost through road accidents. It’s definitely worrisome seeing that the population is less than 2.5 million in Namibia. Before the long weekend of Easter, innovation studios planned this exhibition to warn the drivers to be safe on the road and be cautious. I am very fortunate to be on the team.
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N: Some people feel it is too graphic, what point were you trying to put across?
R: I agree it was very graphic indeed. However, I felt like it could have a huge impact on people. We only witness such when real lives are lost and the most important people (drivers) to learn from it, leave unconscious and unfortunately don’t Rem who was at fault. Maybe and just maybe, we needed to be graphic enough to warn the public that lives are lost in such a manner- the aim is to make them fear the consequences of causing accidents. The many accidents that we’ve had in our country did not inspire most drivers to be safe and I think it’s because we get underwhelmed about lives being lost and therefore it just turns into a pity party.
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N: Were you satisfied with your work?
R: Honestly, not really. I never really am because I feel like I can be better. The public’s reaction makes me feel I am almost there.
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Main image credit: Renate Shikongo/ Facebook