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Dear friends and patrons of the Arts…

Lately I have received a lot of interest in my work (through various channels and social media); which I am of course very pleased about. Thank you!

Currently I do not sell directly via my studio, since I am hard at work for upcoming exhibitions….

So, I decided to write a short update with images of available work through various galleries and their contact details… (in no specific order):

Herewith some, not all examples, of available work and gallery details: please contact them for a full list and more info…

*MContemporary gallery in Sydney, Australia- contact louise@mcontemp.com

( works include Meet me in the labyrinth, Hang in there, Right of admission reserved and Mediatrix)

Titles:”Meet me in the Labyrinth” and “Hang in there”

Titles: “Right of admission reserved” and “Mediatrix”

next…

* Millenium gallery in Pretoria contact Ronel van der Vyfer: ronelvdv@gmail.com (Fuck perishableness and Ugly thing rearing its head)

Fuck perishableness/ Fok vergangklikheid

An ugly thing rearing his head/Lelike ding wat sy kop uitsteek

Next…

*99 Loop gallery in Cape Town: contact gallery@99loop.co.za for works eg:

(Until death do us part and It’s not over until the fat lady sings)

Until death do us part 2018

It’s not over until the fat lady sings 2018

next:

*Everard Read gallery in Franschoek: contact karla@everard.co.za for works like “(k)not of snakes” and “In warm water”

(k)not of snakes 215 x 108 cm cotton thread and rubber 2018

“In warm water” 2017 Cotton thread, doillies, and rubber 63 x 128 cm

and last but not least:

*Rossouw Modern gallery in Hermanus, contact info@rossoumodern.com for a list of available works ranging from sculptures to portraits etc:

Fountain of youth, 63 x 48 cm Cotton thread, batting, rubber and wood- framed (photographer Kleinjan Groenewald)

Hungry Eyes 45 x 23 x 45 cm fabric, found objects, cotton thread and rubber 2017 (Photographer JP Hanekom)

Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or head over to my contact page should you wish to send me a private message…

Best wishes

xxx

 

 

 

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Anthomania/Anthophobia

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I stumbled upon a new word recently which I would like to share with you this month:

anthomania :

Excessive or passionate enthusiasm for flowers.

“Meet me in the Labyrinth” detail

If i think back, it probably started in 2017 already when I prepared a body of work for a show called “Incognito” :

“Forget-me-not” (Myositis arvensis) 64 x 51 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2017

For the Incognito, solo exhibition at MContemporary I was inspired by flowers with interesting common names.  By combining flowers with self-portraits and animal skulls I felt that they became like masks, concealing the true identity.

So two years later..and now I am even more obsessed with flowers. Real and imaginary. and I am happy to say that I have some new work on its way to Australia again:

“Right of admission reserved” Cotton thread and rubber 85 x 60 cm (2019)

Maybe my so-called ‘anthomania’ started way before 2017…when I was 7years old. My mother was a florist back then…only for a short while.

I remember vaguely how she went for a course in the art of flower-arrangement. Unfortunately I was too little to really appreciate it.

After her death in 1996, I only liked dead things, and decaying flowers. One could say i was “Anthophobic”. When I was studying art, I thought that flowers were too pretty, and decided then to never use them in my art. I didn’t like pretty things.

Well, never say never…

So these days I embroider fantasy blooms on smaller pieces of rubber, arrange them in a collage-like manner and I’ll admit it gives me much joy doing this.

I am expanding my interest to “floriography” (The language of flowers)

  Gifts of blooms, plants, and specific floral arrangements were used to send a coded message to the recipient, allowing the sender to express feelings which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. Armed with floral dictionaries, Victorians often exchanged small “talking bouquets”, called nosegays or tussie-mussies, which could be worn or carried as a fashion accessory. -wikipedia

this interest is probably due to my ‘anthomania’ and fascination with codes as well as these manuscripts (which is still would like to ‘read’):

Voynich Manuscript

Codex Seraphinianus

But for now I’m just happily stitching away at rubber-flowers. Let’s see where this takes me.

Hang in there (detail)

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings from the studio…2019

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Yikes, already 11 days into the new year, but for me the ‘new year’ officially starts when the children goes back to school. It allows for some quiet contemplative time in the studio.

Usually I try not to make new years resolutions, but with that said, this year I aim to spend more time in the garden,

“Om grond te eet is goed vir sooibrand/ eating dirt is good for heartburn” Embroidery on rubber – Private collection

and focus on cultivating a good posture while working.  Also to practice more yoga and to breathe deep.

“Vanity is becoming a nuisance; I can see why women give it up, eventually. But I’m not ready for that yet” – quote from the book Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

I wish you all a prosperous 2019!

and remember:

“Your craziness is another’s reality” embroidered rubber – Private collection

 

 

Exit to exist!

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It’s been a week since my last stitch!! Yikes.

The whole week I have been unpacking box after box…sorting, rearranging, pondering… because I desperately want my studio back in ‘working’ order.

So, I thought it is relevant to share this image of the work “Exit to exist” with you today, because:

Exit to exist (photograph of my work by Shenaz Mohammed)

  1.  Things/objects exit the boxes to exist in their ‘new’ space. This whole process makes me think back to the first time I moved from my parental home to a tiny Student Village room in Port Elizabeth. All my belongings could  easily fit into a couple of square meters back then.  I cannot get it over my heart to throw out all the letters, photographs and other memorabilia.  With every year more memories are made, and since then (1996), with every move these memories tag along, and it gets harder and harder to let go.

2.  The group exhibition: Forward! Forward? Forward! opened last night at the University of Stellenbosch.  “Exit to exist” will be hanging out with some amazing company. The exhibition will run for 4 months, so feel free to pop in if you can.

Forward? Forward! Forward…..

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“The pursuit of happiness is elusive; it is life-long, and it is not goal-centered.

What you are pursuing is meaning – a meaningful life….and it isn’t fixed, but changing the course of the stream, or dealing new cards, its going to take a lot of energy.

There are times when it will go so wrong that you will barely be alive, and times when you realize that being barely alive, on your own terms, is better than living a bloated half-life on someone else’s terms.

The pursuit isn’t all or nothing – its all AND nothing. like all quest stories.”

Quote from a book I’m currently re-reading: “Why be happy when you could be normal?” by Jeanette Winterson

…work in progress

 

Studio news: …we are moving in 10 days time to a new town, new house and thus a new studio! So this will be my final post for 2018….Looking forward to new beginnings!

sneak peek…new studio

Talking about moving and pursuing things I am delighted that some of my work will be included in the Forward? Forward! Forward…. group exhibition which opens on the 5th of December! You are invited:

“Creating takes up much of an artists time, and may seem a self-serving prospect.  But the directive is to offer something meaningful, that hopefully provides a trans-formative experience.” P.S

“inspiration exists, but it has to find us working”- P.Picasso

So I am looking forward to settle in the new studio to get back to work, and I am grateful and blessed  that there are those who wait and support it.

Wishing you all wonderful festive season!

work in progress…