.In warm water. On Being. A Womxn. Show

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In warm water, cotton thread, doillies and rubber 2017 (photographed by Kleinjan Groenewald)

Did you know that a female octopus is known as a hen? – (source: internet)

“In the octopus world, females are boss. They are often larger than males and can pose quite a threat. The male is in a troublesome position because he wants to pass on his genes by mating with a female, but females can turn on their partner quick, strangling him and bringing his carcass back to her den as a meal.” (source: http://www.study.com)

In warm water = to be in or get into a difficult situation in which you are in danger of being criticized or punished

 “Prioritizing their motherly duties, females stop eating. But she doesn’t starve to death–rather,when the eggs hatch the female’s body turns on her. Her body undertakes a cascade of cellular suicide, starting from the optic glands and rippling outward through her tissues and organs until she dies”. (source: http://www.smithsonianmag.com

“The scientific jury is still out as to why these clever, resourceful creatures meet such an ignominious end, but there are several theories. Octopuses are serious cannibals, so a biologically programmed death spiral may be a way to keep mothers from eating their young.” (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com)

on being a woman in the arts, on being a woman in South Africa, on being a woman in this world.

ON BEING is a group show featuring some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists working in a range of mediums: painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramic and mixed media.

Does one celebrate women’s day in South Africa whilst we are facing a national crisis in gender-based violence? Is it tokenism to celebrate women for one day (or a month)? We asked these questions in discussions for this show. Women artists have and continue to hold their own in our space year-round. However, any opportunity to highlight women- we will take. The title of the show aims to speak to the lived experience of women in this country; it calls for celebration and mourning, as being a woman in South Africa means both. 

This exhibition features works not specifically made for a women’s exhibition, but have been selected by the curators as to offer an insight into the interior world of being a woman and to celebrate our artists by highlighting their work. 

We remember the 20 000+ women who marched on the streets in 1956. We pay tribute to them for their courage and strength. We pay tribute to all our women artists. We look to the future, knowing that there is still much to do.”  EVERARD READ FRANSCHOEK GALLERY PRESS RELEASE

The group Exhibition: “ON BEING/A WOMXN’S show” at Everard Read Franschoek openend yesterday and will run until the 7th of September 2020. Please visit their website for more information.

Family drama

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There is a little family drama happening here in my studio. I kid you not!

studio view

“Hy is met die helm gebore” predicted that the fan-damnily will turn up at my studio

“Hy is met die helm gebore” 2019 Vintage photograph, cotton thread and rubber 50 x 30 cm RESERVED

Al is dit nog streng gesproke “lockdown”, het die hele spul besluit hulle wil partytjie, want ek verjaar volgende maand.

But before I get carried away, let me introduce you tot the rest of the family:

Meet Scarlett Lakenkoors, (ek wil liewers nie weet waarom sy koorsig is nie 😉

“Scarlett Lakenkoors” 2019 Paper, pastel, ink and collage (framed) 54 x 35 cm SOLD

I would also like you to meet Trophy Wife. She used to be married to Uncle Archie Choked.

“Trophy Wife” and “Archie Choked” 2019 Paper, pastel, ink and collage (framed) 54 x 35 cm (SOLD)

Maar ken jy vir Tant Mossie?

Tant Mossie SOLD

Sy woon gewoonlik in die FAK Sangbundel area,

Tant Mossie is currently going through an identity crisis!

“Identity Crisis” 2019 Cotton thread, polyester fiber filling and rubber

In elke familie is daar gewoonlik n Oogappel…

Die oogappel 2019 Pastel, ink, collage and paper 44.5 x 28.5 cm SOLD

Her brother is the boy who thinks he is a dog

The boy thinks he is a dog 2019 Pastel, ink, collage and paper 41.5 x 29.5 cm

and their father is the one with “meer blaf as byt”:

Meer blaf as byt 2019 Pastel, ink, paper and collage 44.5 x 28.5 cm

Antie Social always have this fake smile on her face

Antie Social 2019 Pastel, ink, collage and paper 41.5 x 29.5 cm

Especially when she comes in contact with the horned lady

She will do no harm (Horned Lady) 2019 Pastel, ink, collage and paper, 44.5 x 28.5 cm

And now let me introduce you to all the couples. First up: The Visionaries

The visionaries 2019 Paper, pastel, ink and collage 41.5 x 29.5 cm SOLD

The Visionaries don’t want to mix with the “lousy couple’ at any party, can you guess why?

Lousy couple 2019 Pastel, ink, paper and collage 44.5 x 29.5 cm

Next up, meet the siamese twins: Twee gesiggies!

Twee gesiggies Fabric, thread, fiber filling, found object and rubber 39 x 20 x 8 cm

Twee gesiggies are or is (?) the offspring of the Lovebirds

Lovebirds 2019 vintage photo, thread and rubber 45 x 31 cm SOLD

So there you have it. You can only imagine why there is drama in this family, and why “I burn better in the dark”!

I burn better in the dark 60 x 45 cm cotton thread, batting and rubber (wood frame) 2017

All these works are available directly from my studio, unless otherwise specified. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.

I will love you and leave you with this beautiful song by Courntey Love from her album Nobody’s daughter, which inspired the work: “I burn better in the dark” Enjoy!

the making of “a walk in the park”…

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Oh hi! Just taking “a walk in the park” today with a hot-air -balloon 😉

How are you?

Educational Toy (cotton thread, fiber filling and rubber SOLD

I started working on ‘A walk in the park” exhibition in November 2019, after I received an invitation from the Pretoria Art Association to have a small solo in their Black Box area.

detail Educatonal toy

but it was only in January that I started making the ’embroidered rubber balloons” for the show.

At first I was worried that these balloons was looking too much like those whoopee cushions! Do you remember those?

Anyway, I reassured myself that that was just my inner critic talking trying to spoil the fun I was having in the studio….

and then the pandemic happened!

So “A walk in the park” was meant to open on the 29th of May 2020, but with lockdown and everything, the show got postponed until further notice, and eventually the Art Association suggested we open it in September 2020.

Hare-raising thoughts 2019 Cotton thread, fiber filling and rubber SOLD

Postpone it for so long?! What about all the bills to pay? That was indeed a hare-raising thought, and after careful consideration and a talk to one of my dear collectors I decided to host this exhibition myself. Directly from my studio for a change!

Rich Bitch 2020 Cotton thread, fiber filling and rubber SOLD

because I am fortunate and lucky to ‘know’ some rich bitches right! 😉

Just kidding :-p

Rich Bitch detail

But seriously I am blown away by the support and interest in my work and this exhibition so far.

Thank you so much!

and as the saying goes: “Its not over until the fat lady sings”…

Its not over until the fat lady sing ( thread, batting and rubber 2019 SOLD

THANK YOU!

 

Please join me for a walk in the park…

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Sowaar as padda manel dra met fOMO

Please take a walk with me by following the link below, which will take you to my ‘drive’-(thru) where you will meet different and interesting characters who likes to celebrate life.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1o64lFrkuwliWptwrpiJuQb6uqEkFkNIL

In the link you will find individual images of available works as well as a PDF file containing a short note, and the list of works. There are short videos of the “park” space in my studio).  What is interesting is that by putting everything into the drive, I can update the list of works sold, and I can add a document with Q&A if there will be any and I can add videos by request. So please feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions, suggestions or critique.

The thinker with an educational toy