Inside The People TV
Mural by Lari Richardson (1987)
Acrylic on plywood 8'x10'
The mural depicts scenes from some of Banyan's productions and features people who have worked with Banyan over the years or who have inspired Banyan in the earlys.
The motif at the bottom shows a globe in what we call a 'Pitch-oil tin', a large tin used to hold kerosene or biscuits in days gone by. The reference is to a line from the Mighty Spoiler's Money in the Bank which says he is so poor that:
If you put
the world in a pitch oil tin
I couldn't pay a cent to see the thing spin
This tin, complete with globe, appears incidentally in many of the scenes in our drama series Morral (1978)
In the centre of the mural are three faces of a cube each of which is a television screen cut from mirrors.
Inside the People TV
The title comes from the Banyan motto which derives from a line spoken by a character in Who the C.A.P. Fits… our first drama series (1977) who is watching television, sees her son being interviewed in the news and exclaims:
The creole subtext is that "The People TV" is something which belongs to someone else (the establishment, the (white) people, whatever) as in the admonishment "Don't put your feet on the people furniture" to a child who is visiting the home of some upper class or socially superior person and doesn't show the appropriate respect.
Banyan's work has been focused on making this subtext literal.