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Artist: Malcolm Roxs 

Location: Mamula Island 

Date: 31.06.2023


Saturn Six Team recently visited Mamula Island with artist Malcolm Roxs to gain inspiration and energy ahead of the upcoming 'Plane to Saturn' exhibition. Mamula Island is situated in the Adriatic Sea, near the entrance of the Bay of Kotor, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its historical fortification, the island was a strategic military outpost for controlling maritime traffic in the 19th century during the Austro-Hungarian rule. During World War II, the island was used by the Axis powers as a concentration camp, where prisoners endured appalling conditions. 

Despite its cruel and dark history, today people come to Mamula to experience the interweaving of centuries-old architecture and untouched nature. After the trip, we asked Malcolm Roxs a few questions about this experience. Here is his responses:


Why did you go to Mamula? What were you looking for?

I went to Mamula to explore the island in person and get deeper with its essence. Plus, since it is an island, the voyage to get there also is what I was looking for. Moreover, it concerns Montenegro as a whole, I wanted to learn more about its locations and history.

What energy do you feel on the island?

As a first impression, I sensed no energy. Only seagulls' sounds took my attention. Later when the sun went down, I enjoyed the beauty of the mountains from the island view. I felt the strong power of nature as the sun touched the hills. But this experience was not particularly about Mamula.

What do you think of the dark past of the island? What role does the past play in modern life/in human life/in art?

The dark past, I think, was cruel in the period of Mussolini when the island was used as a concentration camp. But 170 years ago, when there was a fort, it was good because it prevented the enemy from entering Kotor. Concerning the role of the past in modern life, human existence, and art, it holds a pivotal moment. It provides valuable lessons and wisdom, shaping our identities and perspectives.


What inspired you about the island? 

Firstly, I was inspired by the island. Secondly, by the fort – its shape, and how lights and shadows play there. My thoughts after visiting Mamula were focused on how humans can transform a place from a site of torture in the Nazi era to a luxury resort.


What impact did the visit to Mamula have on shaping the artwork from the most recent ceramics collection?

Mamula's influence can be seen in the painting's silhouette and shapes. But the rest...Nothing new...The technique remains the same: airbrushing, masking, light, and shadows. Island itself, maybe, impressed me more just to get deeper into the history, allowing me to understand Mamula better. For me, creating the plate involves a whole project, starting from researching to the final visit, and it's not just about painting the ceramic.

Artwork: MMLAISLND623

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