winter of my (dis)content..

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I’ll admit…t’s been a while since I’ve posted something on this blog, but alas,…I’m still here 😉

Been thinking a lot about change:

There are 31,530,000 seconds in a year. A thousand milliseconds in a second. A million microseconds. A billion nanoseconds. And the one constant, connecting nanoseconds to years, is change.
The universe. From atom to galaxy, is in a perpetual state of flux. But we humans don’t like change. We fight it. It scares us. So we create the illusion of stasis. We want to believe in a world at rest, the world of right now.
Yet our great paradox remains the same. The moment we grasp the “now”, that “now” is gone. We cling to snapshots. But life is moving pictures.
Each nanosecond different from the last. Time forces us to grow. To adapt.
Because every time we blink our eyes… the world shifts beneath our feet.

Every day, every moment, every nanosecond, the world changes. Electrons bump into each other and react. People collide and alter each other’s paths.
Change isn’t easy. More often, it’s wrenching and difficult.
But maybe that’s a good thing. Because it’s change that makes us strong. Keeps us resilient.
It teaches us to evolve. (quote of the day from the series Touch)

Winter is here, and here is what’s happening in the studio:

  1. coming up in July is a group exhibition titled: FLUX-  which will form a part of the main Visual Arts program of the Vrystaat Arts Festival, 8-14 July 2018. More details to follow later.
  2. excited to be invited to participate in a group exhibition: Black Humour at Fried Contemporary in August. Watch this space for details.
  3. September and October holds the promise of interesting things to happen, but for now, I aim to deep -clean the studio, add finishing touches to works in progress, re-write artist statements, sort out folders on the computer, document artworks, and figure out how to take better photographs of my work. I’ve tried, and even called in help from my husband, as you can see:but maybe it is time to phone a professional. 😉

So dear friends, keep warm, embrace change and we’ll speak soon. xxx

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Mayday mayday mayday

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Lately I’ve been watching a series on Netflix called “Touch”. Today I would like to share a quote from season 1 episode 4, which really ‘touched’ me 😉

“The first transatlantic telegraph cable was made of 340 500 miles of copper and iron wire, designed to stretch 2876.95 miles along the ocean floor. Once the cable was in place, you could use electrical impulses and signal code to send any message you wanted to the other side of the world.”

Visual journal collage

“Human beings are hard wired with the impulses to share our ideas…and the desire to know we’ve been heard. It’s all part of our need for community.  That’s why we’re constantly sending out signals and signs. It is why we look for them from other people.  We’re always waiting for messages.  Hoping for connection. And if we haven’t received a message it doesn’t always mean it hasn’t been sent to us.  Sometimes it means we haven’t been listening hard enough.”

studio view – work in progress

 

“In spite of all our communication technology, no invention is as effective as the sound of the human voice.  When we hear a human voice, we instinctively want to listen, in the hopes of understanding it.  That’s because the human voice resonates differently from anything else in the world.”

“That’s why we can hear a singer’s voice over the sound of a full orchestra. We will always hear the singer, no matter what else surrounds it.”

10 reasons …

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Why I decided to embroider on rubber….

because my life was hanging on a thread

because it makes ‘sew’ much sense

because I wanted to tread lightly and use what was available

because I needed a challenge

because the act of sewing is meditative

because i fell in love with the process

because rubber is tough and can be seen as masculine

because thread is delicate and an be seen as feminine

because i like the juxtaposition of thread and rubber

because nothing is what it seems.

April foolishness (with quotes and pictures)

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admin day – sketchbook – mood

“I don’t know why people are so keen to put details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower” Banksy

About the weekend at an art festival- searching for an ostrich, but instead came face to face with a penguin and Jonathan Livingston seagull 😉

a ‘groupie’ moment with legend Valliant Swart

“There is a child inside me that wants to come out and do something to surprise all the adults” Philippe Petit

Easter-egg-hunting

“Stop a moment, cease your work. Look around you” Leo Tolstoy

building ships with my boys in “Minecraft” because it is school holiday

“Without great solitude no serious work is possible” Pablo Picasso

So off I go to:

“Unclog your mind. Unclog your room. Arrange your room in a way you wish your mind would be” Yoko Ono


 

Artists Podcast

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A dear friend and fellow creative Hugo van Schalkwyk aka sa_maker recently started a new project where he will be interviewing South African artists for his podcast series.

He has uploaded 3 episodes already and I was lucky to be speaking to him in episode 2. (feels very strange to hear yourself speak, but a fun experience none the less 😉

You can visit/follow or listen to all the episodes here:

http://www.artistspodcast.co.za/

Hope you have a great week everyone.