Winter newsletter

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It’s been a while, but I thought today will be a good day to share what is happening in the studio because – 21 June usually marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, which is the day of the year with the fewest hours of daylight in the Southern Hemisphere….(I hope to get some extra sleep 🙂

 

“The sheep that ate her flower” 2017 (Altered page, cotton thread and rubber)

  1. The second leg of the Judith Mason Tribute exhibition opens at the Moineir Gallery in Pringle bay on the 1st of July…you are invited;

Judith Mason tribute exhibition invitation

2. “Atlas” (and friends) is heading to Johannesburg for the annual Turbine Art Fair (14-16 July 2017) via Lizamore & Associates gallery.  He hopes to see you there.

Atlas (altered vintage photograph, cotton thread and rubber)

3. In August, my work will be included in a group exhibition: Comfortably numb, coming soon…. I will keep you posted

“Comfortable” cotton thread and rubber 2017

Do I bite of more than I can chew? ..Possibly, but I do like a challenge, and have to remind myself that anything is possible…just DO!

 

4. I recently had a fun photo shoot with photographer Val Wessels.

Photographer: Val Wessels

Standing with all my children, which are destined for a small solo at the Artbank later this year….more about this a bit later – as soon as the opening date has been announced.

4. Preparations underway for a solo exhibition at Lizamore & Associates gallery in Johannesburg…coming soon: 5 October 2017!

Work in Progress

5.  And last but not least… preparations for a small solo at MContemporary – Australia in November 2017…more details to follow in the spring newsletter

“Pincushion” work in progress

3 solo’s again this year….exciting times…and grateful for these opportunities.

Note to self:

“You are not to lose your nerve! go on through with it and play your own game all the way!” page 125 from the book : Myths to live by” – Joseph Campbell…

and with that …wishing you a wonderful Winter Solstice- keep warm xxx

 

A visual requiem for Judith Mason

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The group exhibition: A Visual Requiem for Judith Mason opens tomorrow at 11h00….If you are in the Tulbagh area = you are invited!- or contact the Christo Coetzee Museum & Gallery for more information…

I am honoured that my work are included in a group exhibition with other amazing South African Artists, bringing homage to a iconic and inspiring artist Judith Mason.

The following works by Judith Mason served as inspiration:

“Arachne” by Judith Mason

“The mission of Art” after “Arachne” by Judith Mason
Altered page, embroidery on rubber 2017

Woman in a fur coat by Judith Mason

“Evolution”
(after Woman in a fur coat by Judith Mason.)
Altered page, embroidery on rubber, 2017

painting By Judith Mason

“Lines ‘written’ on a friend” (for Judith Mason)
Altered page, embroidery on rubber, 2017

sketchbook

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Even though I stitch onto rubber almost every day, I find that some days I just want to play.

My playground/playthings = Sketchbook, magazines, scissors, glue and ink = making monsters!

sketchbook page : collage and ink

The blink of an eye takes roughly 84 milliseconds. Within half that time, according to studies of perceptual illusions and false memories, you can tap the darkness within and conjure monsters for yourself.

sketchbook page : collage and ink

Pictures and words – whether printed or orally transmitted – can serve as priming stimuli too. As members of a social species constantly transmitting ideas in the form of words and pictures, each of us is perpetually primed by cultural metaphor to know just what to do with primitive fears when they are triggered – we make monsters.

Sketchbook page: collage and ink

Point is, midnight visits to graveyards aren’t required for conjuring monsters. They are always with us, permanently stored in our brains as a form of false memory deposited for future use by the priming stimuli of our culture.

sketchbook page: collage and ink

There is a perceptual underpinning to why, once triggered and thereby invited to come out and play, the monsters of our mind so often end up ruling the day – or at least dominating our thoughts and feelings for a time.

Sketchbook page : collage and ink

The phenomenon is called boundary extension, and it is strongly associated with false memory.

Show a person a picture in which only a portion of a house is visible, and the mind will construct a mental picture of what the rest of the house might look like. In other words, we extend the boundaries of what we see until it matches our culturally learned expectation of whatever a thing is supposed to look like.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-dolphin-divide/201402/monsters-the-mind

Sketchbook page: collage and ink

“(What fabrications they are, mothers. Scarecrows, wax dolls for us to stick pins into, crude diagrams. We deny them an existence of their own, we make them up to suit ourselves — our own hungers, our own wishes, our own deficiencies. Now that I’ve been one myself, I know.)”
― Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

Autumn Studio update

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Ah, well into the month of March and since March was named after the Roman God of war, I thought this picture with a toy gun is appropriate, (not that I am a fan of war) but as Alice Walker wrote in the book: The Colour Purple: “A grown child is a dangerous thing”

In the studio I am “fighting” with unfinished pieces, admin and time.

I recently had an encounter with a beautiful animal (seal) when I went for my daily swim in the Goukou river and afterwards a friend told me that I should regard it as a sign to “go with the flow.” So while I concentrate on going with the flow…I’d like to tell you about some exciting things that’s coming up in the next 3 months:

1….

“Stitched”  (part 1) a group show is opening on the 24th of March at the Paradigm gallery in Philadelphia USA! Three of my works will be shown alongside some amazing artists using embroidery and stitching techniques in their work.  It’s the first time that my work will be seen in the USA and I am super excited to be included in this show.

*Please contact sara@paradigm-gallery.com if you would like to be on the digital collector preview list for this exhibition.*

2…

In April I will be participating in “A Visual Requiem for Judith Mason” a travelling group exhibition..

….a tribute to celebrate the art and life of Judith Mason who sadly passed away earlier this year.

3….

For the month of May: I am in the process of getting my work ready to ship it to the Netherlands for the Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2017!

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I will post some images of the work soon, but for now I’d like to leave you with this quote by Patti Smith from her book: Just Kids, which I finished reading over the weekend:

“In my low periods, I wondered what was the point of creating art. For whom? Are we animating God? Are we talking to ourselves? And what was the ultimate goal? To have one’s work caged in art’s great zoo’s – The Modern, The Met, The Louvre?

I craved honesty, yet found dishonesty in myself.  Why commit to art? For self-realisation, or for itself? It seem indulgent to add to the glut unless one offered illumination…..

I wondered if anything I did mattered…..?

Robert (Mapplethorpe) had little patience with these introspective bouts of mine.  He never seemed to question his artistic drives, and by his example I understood that what matters is the work:  The string of words propelled by God becoming a poem, the weave of colour and graphite scrawled upon the sheet that magnifies His motion.  To achieve within the work perfect balance of faith and execution.  From this state of mind comes a light, life charged”

 

 

 

 

 

February Fiesta 2017

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“Her joys were shared, but her thrills were private”

The above words (unfortunately I cannot remember where I read it and don’t know who to credit) but it more or less sum up my February experiences.

-Apologies to my non-Afrikaans-speaking fellows- tonight I think with my mother-tongue:

Ek het ongelooflike, inspirerende, passievolle mense hierdie maand ontmoet.

Een van hulle was Amanda Strydom. Vanaand wil ek hierdie graag met julle deel:

Een van haar ander opnames getitled: “Die Plukker” – kon ek nie op die internet opspoor om met julle te deel nie, maar hier volg die gedig geskryf deur Deon Opperman:

Die Plukker

Ek sien ’n sonryp perske,

daar doer bo aan ’n tak,

hy groei daar en hy gloei daar,

vol sap en lig gepak.

Ek haal my hoogste trapleer,

want dit moet mens verstaan,

’n plukker moet sy klim ken

as hy ’n boord ingaan.

Ek dra my trapleer na die boom,

en plaas hom net mooi reg,

so met die eerste trapslag

klim ek die aarde weg.

Al hoër en al hoër,

op boontoe na die vrug,

al hoër en al hoër,

my mandjie op my rug.

Verby tak, blaar en wolke,

trap vir trap, dis ver,

verby die maan, verby die son,

verby planeet en ster.

So hoog klim ek dat onder

sien ek die heelal draai,

en bo my kop die goue vrug

waar hemelswinde waai.

Aan die toppunt van my leer

huiwer ek ’n ruk,

dis moeilik, selfs ’n kuns

om so ’n ding te pluk.

Dan reik ek uit en vat hom,

sy sap kan ek al proe,

laat val hom in my mandjie

en dra hom aarde toe.

Dié vrug deel ek met almal,

ek sê: neem, eet en glo.

hierdie stukkie perske

kom uit die boord daarbo.

Die rede waarom ek opsoek was na die bogenoemde, was omdat Amanda tydens haar Nominasie toespraak n roerende gedeelte hieruit opgedra het, na aanleiding van die “trofee”/ beeldhouwerk wat geskep is deur kunstenaar Jaco Sieberhagen:

Title:"Hou van aan jou drome"

Title:”Hou vas aan jou drome”

Elke kunstenaar wat genomineer was vir n Fiesta het so n beeld ontvang!

Ter afsluiting en opsomming: hier volg n kort video vanuit Hugo van Schalkwyk se oogpunt 😉