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

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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.

 

back to normal, whatever that is…

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Good morning everyone

….it is actually ‘back to school’ day today, so that means, I have my studio to myself again, which makes it feel like ‘back to normal’.

 

Not that I mind having my kids around me, but lets face it….now i can hear my own thoughts…. 

and luckily for me I don’t need the studio to keep on stitching, so even if I did stitch almost everyday, I did make time for reading

and playing,

eating – ice cream and cotton candy

laughing and coping with little sleep etc.

Hope you had a lovely holiday as well.

Back to the studio:

I am currently preparing for 2 group shows during February and March (more on this later). For the one I made small ‘new’ altered pages

, and for the other I am reworking some ‘older’ pieces-

why? because a work of art is never finished is it? And I feel that there is always room for improvement….

But now I have a question for you….so if the original work was exhibited in 2015, and now I’ve reworked it…do I date it 2015/2018 or do I take the previous date out and just date it as 2018? Please let me hear your thoughts on this.

I’m looking forward to share my thoughts, process and dreams with you this year…talking about dreams:

Oh my life is changing everyday
In every possible way
And oh my dreams
It’s never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems

-Lyrics from the song: Dreams by The Cranberries

R.I.P Dolores (lead singer from the Cranberries)

 

 

 

on the first day of the new year

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Happy new year dear friends!! May 2018 bring you what you need.

I offer you a small bunch of unfinished embroidered rubber flowers today. On this first day of the new year the wind is blowing outside and I cannot help but think of the song Winds of Change by the Scorpions…:

The world is closing in
Did you ever think
That we could be so close, like brothers
The future’s in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

New years resolutions: To cultivate what maters, to grow wild flowers, play in the garden and appreciate earthly delights.

Do you have any resolutions/goals/dreams?

During this time I also like to reflect on some highlights of the previous year, and this time I’ve narrowed it down to 6 events, (excluding personal and family matters)

in no specific order:

 

*An impromptu film/photo shoot with a friend

*Being featured in the magazine Textiel Plus.

*Participating in the Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial in the Netherlands.

*Being nominated for a Kyknet Fiesta award for the 3rd time, even if it was the 3rd time unlucky…

*Showing my work in Australia, with a group and solo show during the year.

*Showing my work in Philadelphia USA

I am grateful for all the opportunities, during the year, but the 6 above stand out because of what I learned from these, for example how to get work overseas and how customs work, the media- and the importance of good images of ones work (still need to refine my photography skills) , and how to handle disappointment.

 

 

 

Dark side of Christmas

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Titles of work from top left to right: “Don’t go there” and “When wishing still helped” Bottom left and right: “When the rooster crows” and “Hus met lang ore”

Christmas? No, “Don’t even go there”…

Did she believe in Christmas? Yes, she used to…”when wishing still helped”

which was during a time “Before the rooster crows”.

Now all she wants is to turn into a ‘Hus met lang ore” (*see footnote) – artist statement

Dear friends,

So the exhibition “Kers Nag” opens tomorrow at the Breytenbach gallery, in Wellington, and you are invited. It runs until the end of January 2018.

Invitation

Initially I received an invitation to participate in a show titled: “Dark side of Christmas”. Well while the work was in transit, I was told that the show’s title changed, since the board didn’t feel comfortable with the ‘dark side’.

anyway…don’t know if my contribution will still fit in, but here it is….feel free to decide for yourself.

*footnote:  “husse met lang ore” =

 When somebody is very nosey and keep on asking a question you do not want to answer you say “husse” and if they keep on asking you say “husse met lang ore”(husse with long ears).

The saying is supposedly from Dutch origin. They used to say “husse met je neus ertussen” (husse with your nose in between).
It was an answer to the question”what is for supper?” The Dutch verb “hutselen” or “hutsen” means to mix something, eg. a “hutspot” is a kind of stew, a mix of potato, carrots and onions.