A friend and fellow artist (who also teaches art at school level) asked me to be interviewed for her new channel/series about South African Artists, which she started recently, to encourage her learners to connect with other artists who are not yet written about in the syllabus. I am looking forward to see how this series develops, and I am honoured to be part of this journey!
“When these children learn about your process, inspiration, and the intentions of your art, they learn to make better art and they deepen their appreciation for what you do. This effort serves to develop our heritage and it certainly creates legacy. You were inspired by artists to do what you do now and those artists that inspired you became cultural icons because they became cannon through being part of the educational curriculum. This process now continues with you.“
How cool is that.
Anyway without further adieu:
if you have any advice for future interviews, feel free to let me know what you think….
Hoping that you will be able to the “opening at 11h30 on Sunday 7th, masks n all. Sadly no wine can be served, but a fruit punch with a kick may be the order of the day” Alternatively you can view all the works by all the artists included in this show on the gallery website: https://rkcontemporary.com/exhibitions/anthropomorphic/
The 12th Monkey:
1) Hear no evil
2) See no evil
3) Speak no evil
4) Touch no evil
5) Be no evil
6) Cry no evil
7) Feel no evil
8) Scratch no evil
9) Create no evil
10) Catch no evil
11) Smell no evil
12) Fear no evil
Also: A key message of 12 Monkeys (The movie) is that the past is fixed and can’t actually be changed. We can only prevent for the future.
AND the study of ‘great apes’ in their own environment and in captivity has changed attitudes to anthropomorphism.
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I don’t know about you, but the more the real world freaks me out, the more I escape to a fantasy one, equipped with fantasy characters of my own making. So at the end of 2020 I started working on a series of altered photos once again. I say once again because I’ve been altering vintage photos since 2014 – for example:
So while I was waiting for the big reprints of vintage photos which I am currently working with (looking forward to share that journey with you soon). I also did smaller ones, some inspired by my mother-in-law whom we visited in December. I took a walk down in memory lane with her one evening going through a drawer full of photos. Some of the photographs were slightly damaged which she gifted to me, for example the one below.
I am happy to announce that this series found a home in Phoenix Arizona and will hopefully reach their destination soon with the help of Jetlog Logistics.
In other news: our eldest son is turning 13 on the 23rd of January. I asked him how does it feel to be a teenager. He said it feels okay except for some “symptoms” he is currently experiencing 😉
What a joy to be the mother of this child o’ mine.
Where do we go? Where do we go now? Where do we go? Ooh, oh, where do we go? Where do we go now? Oh, where do we go now? Where do we go? (Sweet child) Where do we go now? Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay Where do we go now? Ah, ah
Last but not least….The group exhibition: “No holds barred” at RK Contemporary gallery is coming to an end on the 31st of January. Feel free to check it out if you get a chance.
On that note….
Please keep safe – mentally and physically until next month. ❤
“Heks/Witch” Altered photograph, cotton thread, rubber and wood. 61 x 42 cm
“… she tried to avoid his gaze but he held her steady and would not look away, Finally her eyes spoke to him. Her eyes said, Words are too weak, too small, they are always too small, even the purest and most simple phrases fail. Her eyes said, Look at who you are, you were asleep when I met you, but now you’re awake, so stay awake. I did not need you and I did not want you and yet here you are, awake in my body and in my heart.”
― Toby Barlow, Babayaga
There are so many versions of the Baba Yaga story. I love the quote above, but also adore the version in the book called “Women who run with wolves.”