Who is the ass anyway?

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“”Introspection is a devouring monster.  You have to feed it with much material, much experience, many people, many places, many loves, many creations and then it ceases feeding on you” -Anais Nin

who is the ass anyway detail

“Who is the ass anyway” will be hanging out with other monsters, misfits and mermaids in BaardskeerdersBos on the 22-23 of September 2018. I hope to see you there!

Who is the ass anyway 62 x 42 cm cotton thread batting and rubber (wood frame) 2016

If you cannot make it, don’t despair, for I am putting together a e-catalogue.  If you wish to receive one, send me a message with your email address to be added to my mailing list. …Looking forward!

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another quote from “The Muse”….

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“Don’t let your ability drag you down like an albatross.”

When something is considered “good” it draws people in, often resulting with the eventual destruction of the creator.

So whether you think its good or not should be entirely irrelevant, if you want to carry on..”

Quote from: The Muse by Jessie Burton

Quote of the day from “The Muse”

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Detail: “Her dark side- fetish” embroidered rubber
Photographer Kleinjan Groenewald.

“Isaac had talked on occasion about about art, about famous painters and what made someone stand out from the rest.

‘Novelty’, he always said, ‘makes the difference’.

It was the fact that they were unlike the rest.

‘You can be a brilliant draughtsman’, he said, ‘but that means nothing if you’re not seeing the world differently.”

From the book “The muse” by Jessie Burton

Flux – a group exhibition

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Dear friends,


A group of South-African Artists from conceptual Art, Design and Craft disciplines were invited to exhibit together. The exhibition explores instances where the boundaries between art,  design and craft flow into one another. It focuses on artists who reinvent traditional techniques of “crafts” like embroidery, bead-work, weaving, carpentry and paper cutting. It also explores the meaning and importance of craftsmanship in contemporary art practices.

 so…..

I decided to submit ‘self-/portraits’ for this exhibition since portraiture is a very old art form and was probably pioneered by the Egyptians and the Greeks, but in the Middle-ages Self-portraiture was a starting point because it was an age preoccupied by personal salvation and self-scrutiny.
Today self-portraits flood the internet and children in school are required to make them.
I am using a traditional craft technique= embroidery, in conjunction with the age old art-form of portraits onto an unconventional material =rubber.
Upon closer inspection, you will also notice that there is a difference in the way the “rubber canvas” (so to speak) of all 3 portraits were prepared:

In the piece titled: “Safe”

the rubber canvas consists of tiny hexagon rubber shapes which were stitched together by hand to form the basis of this work.

detail of the work titled “Safe”

“I’ll be watching you” cotton thread, rubber, batting and wood (photo Alex Hamilton)

In the piece above “I’ll be watching you”  you’ll notice that once piece of a big tractor inner tube were used;

and in the piece below “Don’t make waves”, rubber squares were stitched together with an industrial sewing machine to form the ‘rubber-canvas’

Don’t make waves 54 x 35 cm Cotton thread, batting, rubber and wood – framed (Photographer Kleinjan Groenewald) 2017

Anyway, so if you are in the Bloemfontein area, feel free to pop in at the Flux group exhibition xxx

Spot the differences…

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At some point, round-a-bout 2015, I became more ambitious and worked on a series of very large embroideries.

Due to tight deadlines my subjects ended up floating on the rubber surface.

She never promised you a rose garden – reworked

This year I decided to rework the large works and create an environment for them.  I started to embroider lots and lots of flowers on little pieces of rubber. Some flowers were inspired by real ones, others pure fantasy blooms.  I work wherever and whenever on them since due to their size I am able work on them anywhere.

Now my subjects are surrounded by a garden of sorts. Some pieces I reworked entirely, up to a point where I am happy with where it’s going.

Know Thyself reworked and now known as No Escape

Meanwhile I also learned a new word via Twitter from Robert Macfarlane:

Word of the day: “physis” – ancient Greek term for “nature”, from the verbal noun φύσις, “phusis”, meaning “growing”, “becoming”, itself from φύω, “to grow”, “to appear”. From “physis” grow our words “physics” (in sense of ‘study of nature’), “physique”, “physiology”, etcetera.

I feel that this quote sums up my feeling about these works …. becoming something else, something more. To grow as an artist.