Studio update (fiction vs reality)

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“Are real people fictions? We mostly understand ourselves through an endless series of stories told to ourselves by ourselves and others. The so-called facts of our individual worlds are highly coloured and arbitrary, facts that fit whatever fiction we have chosen to believe in. It is necessary to have a story, an alibi that gets us through the day, but what happens when the story becomes a scripture? When we can no longer recognize anything outside of our own reality? – Quote from Jeanette Winterson: Art objects p59

Hannalie Taute – Artist Profile video by Kleinjan Groenewald

“We have to be careful not to live in a state of constant self-censorship, where whatever conflicts with our world-view is dismissed or diluted until it ceases to be a bother. Struggling against the limitations we place upon our minds is our own imaginative capacity, a recognition of an inner life often at odds with the external figurings we spend so much energy supporting. When we let ourselves respond to poetry, to music to pictures, we are clearing a space where new stories can root, i effect we are clearing a space for new stories about ourselves.” Quoted from Jeanette Winterson – Art objects p60

I finally got to meet Brandon Mcloed at the opening of Eucatastrophe at Deepest Darkest art gallery. He kindly let me use some of his family photographs as inspiration

“It may be that to understand ourselves as fictions, is to understand ourselves as fully as we can.” Jeanette Winterson – Art objects.

Other news/Ander nuus: my onderhoud met Christelle Webb-Joubert van RSG Kuns word vanaand vanaf 8pm uitgesaai op 100-104FM. Luister gerus op die draadloos indien julle kan. https://www.rsg.co.za/rsg/programskedule/rsg-kuns/

EUCATASTROPHE – the opening: a video

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I am happy that I was able to upgrade my website recently, and now WordPress allow me to upload videos!

So without further adieu: herewith a video (courtesy of the gallery). Thinking back with fond memories to the opening of EUCATASTROPHE on Saturday the 17th of April 2021 at Deepest Darkest Art Gallery in Cape Town.

ENJOY 😉 – Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

EUCATASTROPHE – The Cake!

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Since it’s almost weekend, let’s talk cake!

Cake by Miche

This incredible cake (as seen above) made by MICHE for an EUCATASTROPHE added a special touch to the exhibition.

The team from MICHE noticed that I was a saddened by the idea of not having a cake at my wedding-themed exhibition (Eucatastrophe), especially since wedding cakes are a part of weddings since Ancient Rome. Even though the cake back then was more like a scone-barley cake, which were broken over the brides head during the ceremony to ensure good fortune and fertility. (for more on the history of wedding cakes see Gastronomica: the journal of critical food studies: https://online.ucpress.edu/gastronomica/article-abstract/5/2/69/46511/Wedding-Cake-A-Slice-of-History?redirectedFrom=fulltext

MICHE kindly offered to make a cake!

So I send them a video with a sneak peek/preview of the exhibition and we discussed certain possibilities, and this cake is a result of how they interpreted the work.

Cake by MICHE
detail Cake by MICHE
Detail cake by MICHE

How incredible is the detail. They even stitched the fondant!

If you want to know more about them check out this video:

Or check out their Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/miche_rk/

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

EUCATASTROPHE – Give away

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“It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving” – Mother Teresa.

I wish I could give everyone who attended the opening of “Eucatastrophe” a gift, a token of appreciation:

but in the end we let ‘Lady Luck’ decide with whom the Giant and Princess get to go home with:

Congratulations Claudia Du Val! Thank you for joining us in the celebrations on Saturday the 17th of April 2021.

I hope that the Giant and the Princess brings you much joy!