Greetings from the studio…2019

Studio news/blog

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

 

 

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Exit to exist!

Studio news/blog

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…..

Art portfolio- my work

“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…

The Blushful Hippocrene – group exhibition – you are invited!

Art portfolio- my work

Invitation

wyn maak die bors oop 58 x 44 cm cotton thread, rubber and wood

slangbyt 66 x 46 cm cotton thread, rubber and wood

einde van dronkenskap 56 x 46 cm cotton thread, rubber and wood

She never promised you a rose garden…

Art portfolio- my work, Studio news/blog

She never promised you a rose garden detail

This is one of those works that has gone through many transformations, but finds itself part of the Minutes to Midnight exhibition currently showing at 99 Loop gallery in Cape Town until the 27th of October! I started working on it in 2015. It is quite large…215 x 142 cm.

She never promised you a rose garden detail 2

Its inspired by a couple of things

*Childhood memories of an Afrikaans nursery rhyme we sang during a game we used to play, which goes like this:

“Koljander, Koljander so deur die bos,

my ma en pa kook lekker kos,

die kinders verstik aan n druiwe tros,

die laaste een se kop word af gekap…”

The English version is probably almost like “human-crocqhet”

but here follows a description of the one we used to play”

Koljander, Koljander so deur die bos

Twee spelers hou mekaar se hande in die lug vas terwyl die ander onderdeur moet loop. Die twee bepaal vooraf wie die lemoen en wie die suurlemoen gaan wees. Terwyl die spelers onderdeur die arms loop, sing die twee wat die arms omhoog hou ‘Koljander, Koljander so deur die bos. My ma en pa kook lekker kos, my boetie verstik aan ‘n druiwetros, die laaste een se kop word af gekap! Kiep, Kiep, Kiep Kap! Met die noem van Kap laat hulle dadelik hulle hande sak om die persoon wat op daardie stadium daar is toe te vou. Die gevangene word eenkant toe geneem en gevra waarvan hy hou, lemoene of suurlemoene, waarna hy agter daardie speler wat hy kies moet gaan staan.

Die speler wat gevang word, moet sy keuse tussen die twee maak sonder dat die ander spelers mag weet wat elk van die twee persone voorstel. As al die spelers klaar hulle keuses gemaak het, trek die twee spanne gewoonlik teen mekaar tou, en dit vind soos volg plaas, die twee spelers wat hulle arms omhoog gehou het, vat mekaar aan die voorarms vas terwyl elkeen se spanlede die speler voor hom om die lyf vashou. Die span wat eerste val is die verloorder.

detail

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She never promised you a rose garden detail 3

and  * the title is inspired by the lyrics of song: Rose Garden (Lynn Anderson) – which I remember from a time growing up…… and I quote:

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There’s gotta be a little rain some time
When you take you gotta give so live and let live
Or let go oh-whoa-whoa-whoa
I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

She never promised you a rose garden 215 x 142 cm 2018 (reworked) cotton thread and rubber

So smile for a while and let’s be jolly
Love shouldn’t be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

*Photographs of my work taken by : Kleinjan Groenewald