whew!!

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Whew…yep, that is a sigh of relief, because finally things are back to normal…but what is normal right?

artist at work 2020 (photographed by KleinJan Groenewald)

well, normal for me means that the festive season and back to school mayhem is done and dusted, and that my back to studio routine has commenced- and that dear friends is a relief, because a stitch a day keeps the blues away 😉 But with that said, sometimes not working can be work.  It is important to just be every once in awhile.

So what did I do from the 1st of January until now.

Well I fought the festive season blues…

but then I found this quote which I love:

“Depression is like a woman in black.  If she turns up, don’t shoo her away.  Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.” -Carl Jung

“The difference between art and life is that art is more bearable”

Charles Bukowski

I am on a mission to catch up on writing letters (snail mail) to selected friends….slowly but surely getting there!

I made back up files since our computer gave us trouble (hence my absence here, since I only use a desktop for blog-posts.

I fought against hundreds of zombies with the boys in a PS4 game.

Went to the beach once in awhile,

played in my sketchbook.

Had a studio visit with MContemporary gallery from Australia- more about this at a later stage.

The photographer Kleinjan Groenewald also traveled to my studio to take photos of me and my recent works (as seen in this post), the rest I still need to upload on my website…all in due time.

I re-read books like the biography of the artist Joseph Cornell (which i highly recommend).

(If you have more must-read suggestions feel free to leave the titles of books in the comment section.)

So with all that happening, I did not make any new years resolutions, and I did not commit to much group shows in January because daily life was happening and consuming me….

“…we have to, out of necessity, construct ourselves every day out of all the different impulses, memories, dreams, pressures, that come to us.  In that sense the job of the artist is to demonstrate through the form of art what it is that everybody has to struggle through daily.” -William Kentridge

Oh, this is my Que for saying goodbye for now

and so I will end with this quote by Mark Mason:

“Fucks are cultivated like a beautiful fucking garden, where if you fuck shit up and the fucks get fucked, then you’ve fucking fucked your fucks all the fuck up.”

 

 

 

 

Synchronos

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Goodmorning!

I hope you are having a lovely Festive season so far!

Now showing at Knysna Fine Art gallery: The group exhibition Synchronos

Installation view at Knysna Fine Art

“Eerder bang Jan as dooie Jan” 2019 (Altered vintage photograph, lace, cotton thread and rubber)

Installation view courtesy of the gallery

“Lovebirds” 2019 (Altered vintage photograph, cotton thread and rubber)

Installation view courtesy of the gallery

“Hy is met die helm gebore” 2019 (Altered vintage photograph, cotton thread and rubber)

 

Domestic Craft…a story….

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In Some circles the word ‘craft’ often invoke a

“Hare-raising” 300 x 200 x 80 mm Cotton thread and rubber 2019

“hare-raising” feeling.

So usually in order for a work to be seen as “Art” it has to “Earn it’s stripes”.

Earn your stripes, 440 x 250 x 100mm Cotton thread and rubber

Seven years ago I stopped “Horsing around”…

“Horsing around” 350 x 180 x 80mm Cotton thread and rubber 2019

with different mediums/art materials and focused on embroidery and rubber.

I am not a….

“Fly by night” 280 x 180 x 80mm Cotton thread and rubber 2019

“Fly by night” artist, and the process is slow and sometimes painful, but as the saying goes:

“Slothliness is next to Godliness”.

“Slothliness is next to Godliness” 310 x 180 x 80mm Cotton thread and rubber 2019

The end.

The group exhibition “Domestic Craft” curated by Nicole O’ Loughlin runs until the 22nd of December. So if you are in Tasmania, feel free to visit the Rosny Farm, where you can also grab a catalogue: