Nul, nil, zero, niks, nada, nothing

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“Nul was nie altyd n getal nie.  Wel eintlik was dit, want sonder nul kan daar nie een wees nie.  Maar mense het dit nie altyd geweet nie, want as n mens tel, begin jy gewoonlik by een.  In Indie en China het hulle eers ongeveer 400vC die nul gebruik, en die Antieke Grieke het lank gedebatteer oor of nul regtig n getal is.  Vandag weet ons dat jy nie wiskunde kan doen sonder om die nul te gebruik nie, en sonder nul sou rekenaars nie geprogrammeer kon word nie.

Nul word ook nil, zero of niks genoem.

Nul is:

  • n Heelgetal
  • n Gelyke getal
  • n nie-re:elegetal (maar dit is te moeilik om te verduidelik)

As jy nul by n getal tel of dit daarvan aftrek, bly die getal dieselfde.

As jy nul met enige getal vermenigvuldig is die antwoord nul.

Geen getal kan deur nul gedeel word nie.

Die antwoord is sinloos”

Uit die boek: ‘oor n motorfiets, n zombiefliek en lange getalle wat deur 11 gedeel kan word” geskryf deur Jaco Jacobs (n film met die naam: “Nul is nie niks nie” was ook geinspireer deur die boek.) Ons en die kinders het albei geniet.

Ek het vandag ‘niks’ gedoen. Veral as mens net (naald)werk as “iets” tel. Vandag het ons wel rekenaar-speletjies gespeel en beskuit gebak. So vandag se niks was nie nul nie.

O ja en ek het die “Meyers Briggs” toets gedoen vir die pret, nadat n vriendin vir my hierdie skakel gestuur het:

https://www.16personalities.com

My “uitslag/persoonlikheid” was deur die program opgesom met die volgende aanhaling:

“What do you mean “life is boring?” Are we living on the same planet?”

Nou ja, gepraat van wiskunde, toetse, plante en planete…. laat ek afsluit met die interessante idee wat ek op die internet raak gelees het.

“Plants that perform arithmetical divisions to not starve at night.  The Arabidopsis plant is a mathematical genius….” lees gerus verder by:

https://Amazing.zone/plants-that-perform-arithmetical-divisions-to-not-starve-at-night

 

 

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Ready, steady….March and you are invited!

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I am delighted to invite you to two groups shows in which I am participating this month! One is in Australia and the other Cape Town….

First up:

HEROINE at MContemporary in Australia:

Frida Kahlo had it – a defiance and confidence that made her the twentieth century’s first ‘selfie superstar’. Georgia O’Keeffe had it – a brazen and innovative palette that confirmed her as the ‘Mother of American Modernism’. Tracy Emin has it – her frank and provocative art exposing an inventory of unconventional womanhood. The ‘it’ is boldness – a determination to speak, without fear or fancy, of the power of the female voice in public discourse.

In celebration of the dynamism and influence of this conversation, .M Contemporary announces the inaugural Heroine Exhibition, to take place in Sydney from March 7th to 24th, coinciding with International Women’s Day 2019. The Exhibition brings together emerging and established Australian artists with a series of renowned international names, each a daring and adventurous identity in women’s art.

OPENING
ART MONTH – Art Night Paddington
Thursday 7 March | 6 – 8 pm

OFFICIAL OPENING
Tuesday 12 March | 6 – 8pm

EXHIBITION RUNS 
7 March – 24 March 2019

Gallery will be closed
Friday 8 March

to request a catalogue contact louise@mcontemp.com

and shortly after that:

BLOODLINES: IMAGINED HISTORIES at Deepest Darkest in Cape Town:

For the bloodlines: Imagined Histories I was inspired by two vintage photographs which I found at an Antique shop in Stilbaai, Western Cape. I do not know the people in these photographs or their history. I gave them a face-lift so to speak by replacing their unfamiliar faces with familiar ones from popular culture, in this case The Incredible Hulk, and renamed him The Incredible Hunk.  I also used a lace-skull stitched unto rubber to resemble Rip van Winkle, who fell asleep and woke up 20 year later. I imagine them as family members, and wonder what my life would be like if I knew them personally.

So on that note…I’ll leave you with this quote by Oscar Wilde:

“Two men look out the window. One sees mud, the other see stars.”

 

 

Anthomania/Anthophobia

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I stumbled upon a new word recently which I would like to share with you this month:

anthomania :

Excessive or passionate enthusiasm for flowers.

“Meet me in the Labyrinth” detail

If i think back, it probably started in 2017 already when I prepared a body of work for a show called “Incognito” :

“Forget-me-not” (Myositis arvensis) 64 x 51 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2017

For the Incognito, solo exhibition at MContemporary I was inspired by flowers with interesting common names.  By combining flowers with self-portraits and animal skulls I felt that they became like masks, concealing the true identity.

So two years later..and now I am even more obsessed with flowers. Real and imaginary. and I am happy to say that I have some new work on its way to Australia again:

“Right of admission reserved” Cotton thread and rubber 85 x 60 cm (2019)

Maybe my so-called ‘anthomania’ started way before 2017…when I was 7years old. My mother was a florist back then…only for a short while.

I remember vaguely how she went for a course in the art of flower-arrangement. Unfortunately I was too little to really appreciate it.

After her death in 1996, I only liked dead things, and decaying flowers. One could say i was “Anthophobic”. When I was studying art, I thought that flowers were too pretty, and decided then to never use them in my art. I didn’t like pretty things.

Well, never say never…

So these days I embroider fantasy blooms on smaller pieces of rubber, arrange them in a collage-like manner and I’ll admit it gives me much joy doing this.

I am expanding my interest to “floriography” (The language of flowers)

  Gifts of blooms, plants, and specific floral arrangements were used to send a coded message to the recipient, allowing the sender to express feelings which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. Armed with floral dictionaries, Victorians often exchanged small “talking bouquets”, called nosegays or tussie-mussies, which could be worn or carried as a fashion accessory. -wikipedia

this interest is probably due to my ‘anthomania’ and fascination with codes as well as these manuscripts (which is still would like to ‘read’):

Voynich Manuscript

Codex Seraphinianus

But for now I’m just happily stitching away at rubber-flowers. Let’s see where this takes me.

Hang in there (detail)

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings from the studio…2019

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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

 

 

Exit to exist!

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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.