Day 5 Lock-down in South-Africa. End of the month Studio-newsletter time!
I hope you are doing fine and well under the current circumstances.
I’ve been keeping busy in the kitchen, riding bicycle with my boys= round and around the house, reading articles, stitching a little bit and trying to stay informed. What have you been up to?
During the monhts pre-corona, I’ve been preparing for the “Wild, Wild Life exhibition curated by Alex Hamilton to be hosted by the Gallery Glen Carlou. It was supposed to open on the 5th of April 2020, but the opening (virtual or otherwise) have been delayed until after lock-down. I will keep you posted, but you are welcome to request a digital catalogue from: firstname.lastname@example.org!
Lost, 800 x 600 mm cotton thread and rubber 2019 Hannalie Taute
In the meantime I am preparing for a solo exhibition, titled: “A walk in the park”. at the Pretoria Art Association. It is scheduled to open on the 29th of May 2020. That is if all goes well. Stay tuned for news on that.
“Walk in the Park” works in progress
On another note….
Karen Zoid is hosting another Art Auction on her Facebook-page…right now!!!!
Check it out if you can!
Stay safe everyone!
Not so long ago my children received a gift from their grandfather which contained a compass, flint, emergency blanket and a U.S Army survival Manual.
I started to read the manual this weekend and would like to share 2 quotes from it with you today:
“Man is a social animal. This means we, as humans beings, enjoy the company of others. Very few people want to be alone all the time!
As you are aware, there is a distinct chance of isolation in a survival setting. This is not bad. Loneliness and boredom can bring to the surface qualities you thought only others had. The extent of your imagination and creativity may surprise you. When required to do so, you may discover some hidden talents and abilities. Most of all, you may tap into a reservoir of inner strength and fortitude yo never knew you had. Conversely, loneliness and boredom can be another source of depression. As a soldier surviving alone, or with others, you must find ways to keep your mind productively occupied. Additionally, you must develop a degree of self-sufficiency. You must have faith in your capability to ‘go it alone.'”
It would be a rare person indeed who would not get sad, at least momentarily, when faced with the privations of survival. As this sadness deepens, we label the feeling “depression”. Depression is closely linked with frustration and anger. The frustrated person becomes more and more angry as he fails to reach his goals. If the anger does not help the person to succeed, then the frustration level goes even higher. A destructive cycle between anger and frustration continues until the person becomes worn down-physically, emotionally, and mentally. When a person reaches this point, he starts to give up, and his focus shifts from “What can I do” to “There is nothing I can do.” Depression is an expression of hopeless, helpless feeling. There is nothing wrong with being sad as you temporarily think about your loved ones and remember what life is like back in ‘civilization’ or ‘the world.’ Such thoughts, in fact, can give you the desire to try harder and live one more day. On the other hand, if you allow yourself to sink into a depressed state, then it can sap all your energy and, more important, your will to survive. It is imperative that each soldier resist succumbing to depression.”
I wish you all a positive, productive and anxiety free week ahead.
Keep well and stay safe.
If you are, like me, unable to visit MContemporary gallery in Australia…
well don’t despair, because the gallery was so kind as to send us a couple of installation photographs of their space with my work currently hanging together with the stunning works and wallpaper designs of fellow artist Jodi Clark!
If you do find yourself in Australia, feel free to visit the gallery and see for yourself! 😉 or feel free to contact them for a full catalogue.
This exhibition runs until the 21st of March 2020 at
37 Ocean Street
Monday – Friday | 9 – 5
Saturday – Sunday | 10 – 4
Telephone: +61 2 9328 0922
You are cordially invited to my first solo exhibition in 2020!
So if you are in Australia, please feel free to attend the opening.
Alternatively invite your friends/family living there or feel free to request a catalogue.
I am ending the “meet the artist” posts with some thoughts on social media…
What is essential is invisible to the eyes 630 x 420 mm cotton thread, batting, rubber Hannalie Taute
I enjoy Instagram, especially the amazing embroidery community I found on that platform. Via Instagram I was also able to meet some amazing curators and fellow artists, gallery owners, and i was afforded the opportunity to be part of great exhibitions world wide. I also joined an embroidery society called S.E.W (Society of embroidery works). For me living in a very small town, Instagram opened the world to me.
What is your favourite social media platform?
I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my posts and follow my journey.