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.

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She never promised you a rose garden…

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She never promised you a rose garden detail

This is one of those works that has gone through many transformations, but finds itself part of the Minutes to Midnight exhibition currently showing at 99 Loop gallery in Cape Town until the 27th of October! I started working on it in 2015. It is quite large…215 x 142 cm.

She never promised you a rose garden detail 2

Its inspired by a couple of things

*Childhood memories of an Afrikaans nursery rhyme we sang during a game we used to play, which goes like this:

“Koljander, Koljander so deur die bos,

my ma en pa kook lekker kos,

die kinders verstik aan n druiwe tros,

die laaste een se kop word af gekap…”

The English version is probably almost like “human-crocqhet”

but here follows a description of the one we used to play”

Koljander, Koljander so deur die bos

Twee spelers hou mekaar se hande in die lug vas terwyl die ander onderdeur moet loop. Die twee bepaal vooraf wie die lemoen en wie die suurlemoen gaan wees. Terwyl die spelers onderdeur die arms loop, sing die twee wat die arms omhoog hou ‘Koljander, Koljander so deur die bos. My ma en pa kook lekker kos, my boetie verstik aan ‘n druiwetros, die laaste een se kop word af gekap! Kiep, Kiep, Kiep Kap! Met die noem van Kap laat hulle dadelik hulle hande sak om die persoon wat op daardie stadium daar is toe te vou. Die gevangene word eenkant toe geneem en gevra waarvan hy hou, lemoene of suurlemoene, waarna hy agter daardie speler wat hy kies moet gaan staan.

Die speler wat gevang word, moet sy keuse tussen die twee maak sonder dat die ander spelers mag weet wat elk van die twee persone voorstel. As al die spelers klaar hulle keuses gemaak het, trek die twee spanne gewoonlik teen mekaar tou, en dit vind soos volg plaas, die twee spelers wat hulle arms omhoog gehou het, vat mekaar aan die voorarms vas terwyl elkeen se spanlede die speler voor hom om die lyf vashou. Die span wat eerste val is die verloorder.

detail

  • Teenage Trauma: I don’t want to talk about it now…

She never promised you a rose garden detail 3

and  * the title is inspired by the lyrics of song: Rose Garden (Lynn Anderson) – which I remember from a time growing up…… and I quote:

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There’s gotta be a little rain some time
When you take you gotta give so live and let live
Or let go oh-whoa-whoa-whoa
I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

She never promised you a rose garden 215 x 142 cm 2018 (reworked) cotton thread and rubber

So smile for a while and let’s be jolly
Love shouldn’t be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

*Photographs of my work taken by : Kleinjan Groenewald

Yarn…

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I am delighted to inform you that I am participating alongside some amazing artists in a group exhibition titled: “Yarn” which opened on Sunday the 21st at IS Art in Franschoek, Western Cape, South Africa. If you missed the opening, don’t despair, the exhibition runs until the 11th of November 2018.

The sheep that ate her flower 33 x 40 cm paper, cotton thread and rubber

the sheep ate her flower detail

and for those who cannot make it to South Africa to see the show, here is some more images of my work for this exhibition:

Mary’s gold – embroidered rubber

Mary’s gold detail

and since I could not attend the opening as well…I hope to share some installation images as soon as I receive them from the gallery…but until then…

Sacred heart

Sacred heart detail

Feel free to contact the gallery directly for more information:

IS ART at 11 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa, 7690

CONTACT

IS ART

021 876 2071

*photographs of my work courtesy of Kleinjan Groenewald

Worry dolls

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The concept of the ‘worry doll’ also known as ‘trouble dolls’, served as inspiration of these works.

Blonde ambition aka red right hand – worry doll 87 x 23 cm fabric, found objects, cotton thread, synthetic hair and rubber 2018

Blonde ambition detail

Blonde ambition detail 1

The worry dolls originated in Guatemala and Mexico, and refers to a Mayan princess named Ixucane.  The princess received a small gift from the sun god which would allow her to solve any problem a human could worry about.

Raison d’ etre – worry doll 44 x 21 x 37 cm 2018 fabric, found objects, cotton thread and rubber

raison d’ etre detail 1

Raison d’ etre detail

In modern times these worry dolls are given to broody and sorrowful children so that they can tell these dolls about their sorrow, fears and worries. Then hide the dolls under their pillows during the night.  The next morning all sorrows are said to have been taken away by the worry/trouble dolls.

Pushing up the daisies – worry doll 68 x 25 x 21 cm fabric, found items, cotton thread and rubber 2018

Pushing up the daisies detail 1

Pushing up the daisies detail

if only it were that easy, right?!

Who cares – worry doll 60 x 47 x fabric, found objects, cotton thread and rubber 2018

Fly by night – worry doll 76 x 37 x 16 cm fabric, found objects, cotton thread and rubber 2018

installation view at 99 Loop gallery

for more info feel free to contact 99 Loop gallery

Dear Mother City…(Minutes to Midnight)

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Dear Mother City, (aka Cape Town)

I visited you earlier in October, and I must say it was an experience I wouldn’t forget.

The energy in mid-city is quite contagious and at the same time exhausting, and the traffic intense. As a small-town girl, I think I could not handle it for more than a week, but I suppose one can get used to it.

She always wanted to be a bad girl 92 x 64 cm cotton thread and rubber 2018

Your inhabitants were very supportive, kind, generous and made me feel welcome.

I even spotted this guy in one of your museums and he laughed his ass of at me for feeling so overwhelmed:

Taxidermy Hyena at the Iziko Museum – Cape Town

And I almost lost my head to a hippo…

Luckily my friend made me a concoction of some Bach-flower remedies for the nerves.

Bach remedies

and I channeled some horse-power with a Mary Sibande sculpture:

Moi with a Mary Sibande sculpture at the Iziko Art Museum

I did not see and experience half as much as I wanted to, but I did have a blast at the opening night of my solo exhibition Minutes to Midnight at 99 Loop gallery!

A big thank you to everyone who came to the opening night, and those who couldn’t make it to the opening, the exhibition runs until the 27th of October, so please feel free to pop in.

Her dark side 141 x 95 cm cotton thread, batting and rubber 2018 (private collection)

P.S ever wondered why Cape Town is known as the Mother City? Well, if you follow this link there’s 6 reasons why.