Rik Freeman, Narrative Painter  

Unveiling November 9, 2012
This mural was conceived during Rik's residency at Instituto Sacatar from OCT — DEC 2011, and is based on the local legend of Maria Felipe, a slave woman who in 1823 led a group of 40 women in a revolt against the Portuguese Navy. These women lured the sailors in using their feminine wiles, and when the boys got a little hot 'n bothered... the women took out a cansousou bush, which has a multitude of needles that break off into the skin and immediately and seriously infect, without mercy nor care of placement upon naked skin they beat these sailors into submission, then proceeded into the bay and set afire numerous ships. The Portuguese were forced to abandon the island of Itaparica and return to Salvador.