PICS: Former Miss Free State beats the lockdown blues with her art

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Martinique Ferreira. (Photo: Supplied)
Martinique Ferreira. (Photo: Supplied)

Martinique Ferreira (24) from Cape Town has been stranded on her own in her family holiday’s home at Kleimond while her parents and sister can’t leave Bloemfontein, where they live.

When lockdown was announced, her family couldn’t get to Kleinmond in time, says Martinique, who was Miss Free State in 2015 and among the top 35 contestants in the 2019 Miss South Africa contest.

To pass the time, she’s creating art that reflect her lockdown experience.

“The positive side is that I’m losing myself again in colour, paint fumes and getting high on turpentine and acrylics. Something good has to come from this, and in my case it’s my art,” Martinique says.

“When you’re on your own like this, you need to express your emotions and thoughts, especially the longing for human touch,” she adds.

After matriculating from Bloemfontein’s Hoërskool Sentraal six years ago, Martinique studied fine art for a year at the University of the Free State, then switched to a BA degree, majoring in psychology and philosophy.

“It’s funny how you get back to your passion and the things that make you feel safe during crazy times,” she says. “Your passion keeps you sane in insane times.”

Martinique says very few of her friends knew she could draw and paint and were surprised when she shared her art on social media.

Martinique Ferreira's painting

She moved to Cape Town last year and was set to open a coffee shop in Roeland Street with a partner on 1 April when the lockdown was announced.

Martinique says her love of coffee comes from her dad, Kulu Ferreira, a former Springbok rugby player from the 1980s. He also played flank for Western Province and Northern Free State.

“My dad frequented a coffee shop almost every morning before dropping me at school,” she says. “One might say I grew up in coffee shops!”

Like many of us, she admits to frequent snacking during lockdown.

Martinique Ferreira's painting

“I stay in touch with my friends and family with technology but I have this longing inside no amount of food can satisfy – longing for human touch.”

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