In conversation with Colour Symphony – you are invited!

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I am happy to announce that my work “Change of plans” have been selected to be part of this exciting group exhibition at the Jan Rupert Art Centre in Graaff-Reinet!

“Change of Plans” 2020 Cotton thread and rubber Hannalie Taute

CHANGE OF PLANS

In response to the work by Michele Nigrini, I present to you a floral bouquet which consists out of individual flowers and objects (raging from a self-portrait as baby, to a portrait of my mother on her wedding day as well as a skull and the cosmos in the bust of a pregnant figure) embroidered in cotton and acrylic thread onto discarded inner tubes (rubber). These embroideries are then arranged and assembled into a bouquet.

Like Nigrini I was first and foremost inspired by toys and incorporated that for a long time in my art making, it is only much later that I turned my focus to botanicals.  That is why I really responded to this quote found on your website:

Remember that a picture – before being a warhorse, a nude woman, or some anecdote – is essentially a plane surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order – Maurice Denis

And that is exactly what happened, the re-arrangement of embroidered to resemble order.

You will also notice that I often incorporate skulls or bones in my work, since they often have a moral purpose, and symbolize mortality and ephemerality and reminds us of the fleeting pleasures of life. Skulls also represent inner contemplation, eternity and life.

Flowers have not been a favourite subject matter for me until I realized the possibility of their meaning and because they reflect my interest in science and the natural world especially during this time of the pandemic. The title of the work refers to us being able to adapt to sudden changes and that it is okay to have a ‘Change of plan(s)”

The work depicts moments in time – capturing instances in which a non-traditional medium (in this case rubber) undergo a violent process of change.  The juxtaposition of delicate cotton thread with industrial discarded inner tubes are highlighted by embroidering items that can decay, such as flowers and flesh, with moments of violent disruption.  The resulting organized chaos resembles our daily lives and external influences. 

detail of Colour Sympony by Michele Nigrini

“A change of plans” along with others will be in conversation with “Colour Sympony by Michele Nigrini: You can read more about it here:

Cabinet cards…my latest obsession

Artcrush, Studio news/blog

We visited my Mother-in-law in celebration of her birthday this past weekend- and here she is with her grandchildren:

At her birthday party one of her friends Tienie Potgieter asked me about my art and current intrests. I told her about my recent work and then she offered me a box full of vintage photographs including Cabinet cards!!

I could not believe my luck!

CABINET CARDS: A style of photograph first introduced in 1863 by Windsor & Bridge in London, the cabinet card is a photographic print mounted on card stock. The Cabinet card got its name from its suitability for display in parlors — especially in cabinets — and was a popular medium for family portraits.

So while I am in the process of working through each and every one….finding inspiration, I am also scanning them to create a virtual file- and while I’m at it , I thought I will share a couple with you!

I even love the back of these cards!

Inside SA Art

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Good morning!

A friend and fellow artist (who also teaches art at school level) asked me to be interviewed for her new channel/series about South African Artists, which she started recently, to encourage her learners to connect with other artists who are not yet written about in the syllabus. I am looking forward to see how this series develops, and I am honoured to be part of this journey!

..I quote:

When these children learn about your process, inspiration, and the intentions of your art, they learn to make better art and they deepen their appreciation for what you do. This effort serves to develop our heritage and it certainly creates legacy. You were inspired by artists to do what you do now and those artists that inspired you became cultural icons because they became cannon through being part of the educational curriculum. This process now continues with you.

How cool is that.

Anyway without further adieu:

if you have any advice for future interviews, feel free to let me know what you think….

wishing you a wonderful week ahead. xxx

Love in the time of….an invitation

Art portfolio- my work, Studio news/blog

This little alien would like to invite all Capetonians to a group exhibition:

Third time lucky and Aim higher

Love is like letting two balloons up into the air: The most interesting thing isn’t watching which one climbs fastest, but which one has the longest string. ❤

I will unfortunately not be able to attend the opening, but for those of you who can make it….ENJOY!