At the center is a rocking that looks as if its occupant just got up and walked off—a viewer can sense the chair still rocking.

Art rocking

The air is redolent of linseed oil, used in both the paintings and the , a scent that marries the two. The children are reading books—one is wholly absorbed while the other rests the book on his lap, gazing into air, perhaps inventing his own stories.

Dube is an award-winning arts writer and editor, as well as an artist, curator and activist for the arts.