Artist Jeffry Feeger paints for Paga Hill displaced settlers

Yes, It’s official! I’ve witnessed my friend artist Jeffry Feeger perform live for the first time. And boy o boy, he’s no ordinary artist. He’s a genius!


As I watched his digits move about and around spreading colours here and there at no seeming order, figures began to appear. He continued and I thought I saw a face; not a face I am not familiar with but a face of an icon; a champion, a mother; a bubu. It was the face of the Dame; Dame Mary Carol Kidu.


It was the occasion where artist Jeffrey Feeger who had decided to do a live performance, was doing a canvas job of the Dame’s face with other mothers.

I read on Jeff’s Facebook status that he would be painting live so I decided to pay my friend a visit. I went there and ended up becoming, albeit self invited; a part of the performance that afternoon.

Jeff used his marvelous artistic ability to raise awareness and funds through donations on the plight of the families whose homes were demolished only recently at Paga Hill. There are families with babies and children who are living in the open under temporary shelters. They are exposed to elements and yes, the anopheles mosquitoes. Whatever raised that that day will go directly to the displaced settlers.

Another artist Ratoos Hauopa Gary, who I discovered was Jeff’s teacher and mentor was there too. Apparently, he lives at Paga Hill too.

While there only a few people cared to gather and watch or inquire. Many cars with tinted glasses pass by. Others with clear glasses stared through glasses and even past us. I thought some had the ‘what the hell’ look on their expressionless faces. But many didn’t even bother.

Who cares; the afternoon dragged on and finally Jeff decides it was time to call it a day. He’ll complete his work at home. This day for me was a well spent afternoon. I mean I tried to do something I should have been doing; and that is to raise awareness about human rights the government of PNG is fond of abusing.


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