We are celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary today.
I made an error awhile ago and said to a friend that we are celebrating our ADVENTUARY…I like that word, so I think I am going to keep using it instead of anniversary, because the past 19 years has been an adventure indeed.
Is there someone in your life who has loved you as you are- on your good and bad days? Someone who has shaped and made and impact on your life? I do hope you have someone in your life who has cared for and listened to you. A being who has wanted the best for you and encouraged you all the way. Feel free to share in the comments, and maybe take a second to let them know if you can.
On that note I will love you and leave you with this quote:
UPON INVITATION TO EXHIBIT, ARTISTS HANNALIE TAUTE AND NADINE HANSEN DREW INSPIRATION FROM THE HESSEQUA HARMONIE FESTIVAL. KEY WORDS SPARKED OUR INTERESTS, COMBINED WITH THE EXHIBITION BEING SET TO OPEN DURING HERITAGE MONTH.
HESSEQUA, MEANING PEOPLE OF THE TREES.
THE ARTISTS POSED THE QUESTION: “ARE WE REALLY IN HARMONY WITH NATURE’?
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE MIND IS A SUPERB INSTRUMENT
ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS USED RIGHTLY
WHEN USED WRONGLY, HOWEVER, IT BECOMES VERY DESTRUCTIVE.
MORE DIRECTLY PUT IT IS NOT SO MUCH THAT WE USE THE MIND WRONGLY – RATHER THAT WE DO NOT USE IT AT ALL.
IT USES US.
THIS IS THE DYSFUNCTION.
YOU TEND TO BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE YOUR MIND.
THIS IS A DELUSION.
THE INSTRUMENT HAS TAKEN YOU OVER.
EACH WORK IN THIS EXHIBITION IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE NARRATIVE.
NADINE HANSEN AND HANNALIE TAUTE EACH POSESS THEIR OWN UNIQUE STYLE OF COMMUNICATING THROUGH THEIR ART, THIS EXHIBITION PLACES THEIR WORK IN CONVERSATION WITH ONE ANOTHER.
ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE LED BY THE TITLES OF THE ARTWORKS.
THE ARTISTS INVITE YOU TO TAKE PART IN THE CONVERSATION.
below is a sneak peek with some installation photographs. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
I am happy to announce that Deepest Darkest Art Gallery in Cape Town will include one of my recent works in their lineup for this year’s ICTAF
Running in parallel with their sister fair in Milan; miart international modern and contemporary art fair, this event provides a unique opportunity where VIPs, galleries, and visitors will have access to a much broader audience across two continents and two fairs. Deepest Darkest will be presenting work by AD-Reflex, Hannalie Taute, Kevin Mackintosh, Krisjan Rossouw, Leila Fanner and Navel Seakamela. 17 – 19 September 2021
Play, to me, is very important. It is all about being clued in, and yet totally open to whatever happens. A surprise, a discovery. So I gave myself 1 week to sort, clean and play in my studio.
How do you nurture your creative self?
According to Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D, vice president for play studies and editor of the American Journal of Play: “Defining play is difficult because it’s a moving target. [It’s] a process, not a thing. In between you find surprise, pleasure, understanding – as skill and empathy – and strength of mind body and spirit.”
For me play is not just the physical act (although I like to get my hands full of ink, glue and soil), but play is the joyful, happy, gleeful moments that can envelope your whole being: imagining new ideas, or reworking/destroying old ones. Drawing for no one but myself. Listening to music, spending time in the garden, dancing like no one is watching, that is play.
I love sitting on the floor and draw.
While sorting my studio bookshelf, I found some inspiration from this preschool reading book:
So I decided to call this little reworked lady: “Sus”. After one of the main characters in the book above, but it is also another word for sister in Afrikaans:
but “Sus” in English can also mean: “giving the impression that something is questionable or suspicious.”
She is sus, because she looks so young while wearing fishnet stockings.
and here is Daan:
Sus en Daan – all grown up 😉
I had fun creating these imaginary friends/family. It felt necessary – I’m having a bit of a hard time hearing about my ‘real’ friends and family and how they cope (or not) with with loneliness, the distancing and things like that. My dear aunt (in her early eighties) said to me the other day that she felt quite disturbed by the emotional impact all these rules and regulations and isolation has on her. I wish I could give her a hug. 😦
Anyway the psychiatrist Stuart Brown called play a ‘state of being,” “purposeless, fun and pleasurable.” For the most part, the focus is on the actual experience, not on accomplishing a goal. And so playing is for its own sake – it doesn’t have to have a particular purpose. But what if I can give it purpose afterwards by hosting another playful studio exhibition later this year? Lets see how it turns out.
Other news is that our son turns 11 tomorrow!
My journey with rubber started shortly before his first birthday. I wanted to make him a toy (to see if boys like rubber Bambi’s ;-))ha ha # experiment,
but lately he prefers all things military and he suggested that he will teach me how to build ‘airships’ in the computer game called “Airships conquer the skies”. l am actually looking forward! He has a great sense of humour and he is also a very sincere art critic 😉