Sonner's Sonnet by Resoborg, 2018 at 131 N Massanutten St.
RESOBORG is an artist, illustrator, graphic designer and muralist who works for clients across the world. Since the beginning of his career in Durban, South Africa where he attended Durban University of Technology, Resoborg has explored graphic design, illustration, painting and murals. It is the convergence of all these disciplines that inform his visual style that is infused into various projects and commissions in these creative disciplines. His work reflects contemporary global issues found in politics, youth culture and is driven to seek fresh perspectives with bold shapes and textures.
Resoborg's mural, named ‘Sonner’s Sonnet’, is a depiction of one of the potters that used to live in the town in the 1800's which at one stage was known as "Pot Town" because of the large cottage ceramics industry. Antique stores are plentiful in this town where pots from this era can easily be found. As glassware replaced this industry, potters as a last resort began to offer unglazed pots for the buyer to customize. Often pale in color in comparison to the darker shades of dirty green and red, these unglazed pots were an inspiration for the mural which is an abstracted portrait of John Henry Sonner, a local potter. The unglazed pot in his hands acts as a metaphor for the town and its potential as a canvas yet to be customized. It is also a celebration of localism and the independent craftsman; celebrating the power of individuals to shape their own future. The pot also features the "Seven Bends" which is the famous Shenandoah river that runs through the town and surrounding area. The uniquely shaped river, which curves seven times, was sculpted by a series of geological processes spanning hundreds of millions of years. This shape on the pot in the mural represents determinism and patience for locals to hold true in overcoming adversity and creating an impactful existence in their town and community.