Hannalie Taute was born on 13 August 1977 in a small town called Fochville. During her childhood she and her family moved around from town to town. Matriculated in 1995 at Outeniqua High school in George, and in 2000 she obtained a National Higher Diploma for Fine art at PE Technicon (now the NNMU).
In 2004 she had her first solo exhibition called: “Siembamba- let’s play pretend” at the Joao Ferreira Gallery in Cape Town. Finalist in 2004 for the ABSA l’Atelier exhibition and a nominee for the Fiesta award in 2012 and 2015. Since 2004 she was involved in several group and solo exhibitions. She received the Kanna award for best visual art production at the 2014 KKNK art festival for her solo exhibition called: “Rubber ever after”.
She currently lives and work in Stilbaai, South Africa.
During my acceptance speech. Photo credit: Anelia Loubser
For more than a decade I primarily focused my attention on working with found objects, especially toys. Five years ago I tried my hand at working with rubber – particularly inner tubes, and in 2012 added embroidery to my list of preferred media. By using traditional embroidery techniques (mainly satin stitch) unto an unconventional canvas (rubber) I aim to make the familiar unfamiliar.
Since my student days I used art to escape into a fantasy world of my own making. My work is the culmination of research into emotions, psychology and fantasy. I find inspiration in myths, legends, lyrics, literature and especially fairy tales and is drawn to the universality of these ancient stories which exist all over the world and points to a common humanity. It is often just the title of an original fairy tale that remains in my work; I find my contemporaneous edge by subverting the original meaning and also by replacing the main characters with myself or my family members.
“Rubber, rubber on the wall,
Who is the toughest of them all”
(Cotton thread, rubber, batting and wood 2014)
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