I find peace and solace in the studio when the world is in turmoil. It feels overwhelming just listening to the news, from a locust plague in India, to protests in America and strange “lockdown” regulations in South Africa.
As you know South Africa adjusted the “lockdown” regulations to level 3 from the 1st of June, but I’m still not sure when my solo “A walk in the park” which was meant to open at the end of May at the Arts Association in Pretoria will open, but as soon as I know something I will let you know. In the meantime here are some studio views….
studio installation view
In other studio news….. I would like to say it with flowers:
A dangerous bunch 75 x 71 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2019 at MContemporary gallery
Do(nt) 112 x 85 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2019 2020 at MContemporary gallery
Neighbourhood watch 85 x 75 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2020 at Everard Read Franschoek
Shit “Could be” a lot worse 81 x 71 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2020 at Everard Read Franschoek.
On that note…
Keep safe, and healthy.
until pigs can fly
“Fragile” 82 x 73 cm Cotton thread and rubber. 2020 Private collection
The photograph below was taken in December 2019
In this photo my father-in-law is giving a demonstration to his son and his grandsons on how to prune a rose. Roses were my father-in-law’s favorite flower, and whenever I will look at the roses again I will think of him, because he passed away this morning. He did not pass away due to the virus, but because of the virus no family member was with him the time he left this world.
In other news…..Last week our cat was hit by a car.
She has a broken pelvis, but I am relieved to report that she is a very good patient and it seems that she is on her way to recovery.
Our Mother who art our beloved earth…Happy Mothers day.
I recently learned about some of Mother Natures amazing creatures via a very entertaining series called: Absurd Planet:
I am in awe of some of the amazing tricks these creatures have to be able to survive in very interesting conditions, which made me think about a character in a Roald Dahl book….
“I thought up secret plans and clever tricks” said the crocodile in the story: The enormous crocodile by Roald Dahl.
1 May 2020: Lockdown level 4 and it is Worker’s day in South Africa.
So let’s say it with flowers 😉
Hashtag WTF 1000 x 600 mm Cotton thread and rubber (2019) Hannalie Taute
“There is a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
But I’m too tough for him
I say, stay in there
I’m not going to let anybody see you
There is a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out…”
As you can guess, I feel a bit lost right now. I’m also at a loss for words.
So I use or am inspired by words that jump out of a screen. These words were inspired by a Nintendo end game screen message,
but I feel it is also applicable to the world we are living in.
Lost, 800 x 600 mm cotton thread and rubber 2019 Hannalie Taute (my work photographed by Kleinjan Groenewald)
I offer you a bouquet of “flowers” from the ocean.
and I would like to share the following short film featuring: Antoinette Pienaar It’s a film by Green Renaissance:
Enjoy and I wish you a lovely weekend!