Behind the scenes of Rubber ever after

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They say something like : All work and no play makes one …(insert word)……, but at the KKNK we played as hard as we worked and vice a versa.

One of the reasons I love exhibiting at the arts festival is the interaction.  Meeting new people.  Discussions.  Conversations.  New friendships being formed.  Now I understand why my colleague  Robert Hamblin referred to the artists exhibiting at last years festival as family; because after 7 days it feels like being part of a family.   Thank you Robert for these snapshots!

Here I am with my Crown-Prince. My husband, muse, friend, lover, critic, support, father of our children, and the one who help me hang the exhibition!

Here I am with my Crown-Prince. My husband, muse, friend, lover, critic, support, father of our children, and the one who help me hang the exhibition!

The princess and her tea.

The princess and her tea.

Luckily my venue was at such a good spot that I could enjoy some tea/coffee very often and be right there at my space.

Having a great time with fellow artists and friends

Having a great time with fellow artists and friends

From left to right:  Robert Hamblin (front), Hennie Meyer, me as Goldilocks was a mouse, and Marinda du Toit aka Johanna Brandt.

The druid left his cubicle to visit me at my 'rubber kingdom'.

The druid left his cubicle to visit me at my ‘rubber kingdom’.

I am a huge admirer of the work by Willem Boshoff, and it was an honour to finally meet him.  He was one of the main festival artists.  His show was called : Big druid in his cubicle.  See more here

At Willem's BUSH braai.  From left to right: Stephan Erasmus, Ferdinand Bruwer, Willem Boshoff, myself and Gordon Froud

At Willem’s BUSH braai. From left to right: Stephan Erasmus, Ferdinand Bruwer, Willem Boshoff, myself and Gordon Froud

 

here I am with artist Gordon Froud

here I am with artist Gordon Froud

Another artist I admire is Gordon Froud.  He was like Willem Boshoff  another one of the main festival artists….There were 3 this year! His show was called: a Retrospective of exhibitions I never had.  You can read more here.

and here is another festival selfie….

Here I am with Robert Hamblin (front) and Roelof Petrus van Wyk

Here I am with Robert Hamblin (front) and Roelof Petrus van Wyk

I had many interesting conversations with these two gentleman.  Check out Robert’s work here, and Roelof’s work here.

Last but not least: A picture taken by Ferdinand Bruwer of this years KKNK festival art curator Sandra Hanekom in my venue (Rubber Kingdom 😉 )

Sandra Hanekom : curator for this years visual art at the KKNK

Sandra Hanekom : curator for this years visual art at the KKNK

You can read an interview with Sandra Hanekom here.

Feeling so nostalgic looking at these…..great memories were created!! Thank you all xx

 

 

 

Rubber ever after – from the beginning

Art portfolio- my work
from the festival newspaper: die Krit

from the festival newspaper: die Krit

POSTERS:   While working on this exhibition I decided to print only 5 posters since the town of Oudtshoorn are annually bombarded with posters from a wide variety of productions.  I also didn’t want to leave a paper trail.

Exhibition poster designed by Kia Hattingh

Exhibition poster designed by Kia Hattingh

OUTFITS:  Since I love ‘dressing up’ I used what I had available in my closet:  lovely vintage dresses (mostly gifts from friends who knows me well) gloves, wigs, feather boas, hats and face paint.  We stayed during the festival quite a distance from the exhibition venue, but I wanted to walk every morning each day dressed up differently – I wanted to be a walking poster:

DAY 1:  le freak

day1 le freak

DAY2:  the princess

day2 princess

DAY3:  the soldier

day3 soldier

DAY4: the witch

day4 witch

DAY5:  goldilocks was actually a mouse

day5 goldilocks was a mouse

DAY6:  the blown up rubber doll

day6 the rubber doll

DAY7:  the clown

day7 the clown

and for the final day: Until death do us part:

day8 till death do us part

While walking around I handed out some cookies, and these cookies were given to all that entered my rubber kingdom (venue) which made it easier for me to start a conversation.

COOKIES: Initially I wanted fortune cookies with the words:  “Your dearest wish will soon come true, or not, it’s only up to you”.   These words was inspired by a real fortune cookie that I bought on my way to my first solo exhibition:  Siembamba, let’s play pretend” in Cape Town 2004.

page from my visual diary 2004

page from my visual diary 2004

I contacted a chef at a local restaurant, we decided that fortune cookies or toffee apples are way too intensive for this project at this stage and in the end we decided on red star shaped cookies (almost like a wishing star).

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THE VENUE:  The red colour of the cookie linked nicely with the red carpet I rolled out each morning and the red of the rocking chairs.  Red carpets, rocking chairs and the ticking of a grandfather clock remind me of fairytales. I had a bit of a hiccup since I couldn’t find a real grandfather clock, but luckily a computer whizz at the local DVD rental shop gave me a cd with the sound.  So every hour the visitors was greeted with a DONG!

I never imagined the positively enthusiastic response I would get from the above, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute!  I’ll post some installation photos a bit later.  Watch this space for details.