Remain(s) :a Group exhibition

Studio news
I am delighted to be included in this group exhibition at DF Contemporary Gallery.
You are welcome to view the full catalogue here.


Ayanda Mabulu
Blessing Ngobeni
Peter Mammes
Jimmy Law
Neil Nieuwoudt
Dirk Brahmann
Christiaan Diedericks
Luan Nel
Hannalie Taute
Stephen Rosin
Anton Karstel
Frans Smit
Henk Serfontein
Phillip Heenop
Ruan Janse van Vuuren
Anton Karstel
Ayanda Mabullu

From the shrunken heads of the Amazon to the spun-sugar calavera candies of a Mexican November or the bleached bones of a Georgia O’Keeffe painting, skulls have long exerted a mystical pull on the human imagination. They have also been eternally attractive to students of pure science through the ages; every feature from the shape of sagittal ridges to the functions of cerebral cortexes have been and continue to be studied in laboratories, in the most minutely intimate detail.
This spirit of memento mori (Latin for ‘remember [that you have] to die’) as well as momento vivere (Latin for ‘remember [that you must live]’),, is fundamental to the iconography of the skull, making it a shorthand – and focal point – for our own obsession with (im)mortality. Like Hamlet, we hold up Yorick’s skull, and try to make sense of our pointless, transient lives.
It is the ultimate equalizer; permanently en courant, whether sashaying the catwalk on Alexander McQueen’s scarfs, bags and rings, or in the most bejeweled and bewitching of all its forms such as Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull For the Love of God, 2007. Perhaps these popular cultural references are the most resonant of all – as Dia de Muertos’ dissolving sugar skull reminds us that nothing can perpetuate our existence forever.
In essence then, the skull is the ultimate tabula rasa, reminding us with its relentless anonymity, ambiguity and androgyny that in death we are all equal. Our differences – in colour, creed, social status or wealth – will dissolve like the flesh from our bones, and kings, lawyers and servants will all be reduced to the same essential structure at the last.
Evoking admiration, awe and morbid fascination, the skull endures as a macabre, unifying symbol of the human condition, inviting interpretation at every turn whilst denying that any reading can ever be definitive. It is provocative. Inevitable. A relic of our past and an omen of our unavoidable future.

The skull is one of man’s oldest and most powerful symbols. It has a long and varied history of use with multiple overlapping interpretations. Most commonly it is seen as a representation of death and mortality, but it has many other uses including:

– To invoke fear or caution.
– To celebrate the memory of the dead.
– To celebrate life.
– As a symbol of vanity.
– As a symbol of life after death.
– As a symbol of change.
– As a means of obtaining good luck or avoiding bad luck.
– As a symbol of toughness, machismo, courage, bravery or indifference to death and danger.
– As a symbol of nonconformity, free-thinking, and rebelliousness.
– For popular appeal and fashion.
– As pure decoration especially as tattoos.

For more information contact DF Contemporary Gallery.
Detail of "Only teasing"

Detail of “Only teasing”

why i like September….

Art portfolio- my work

Yesterday we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary:


Like good wine the years together are just getting better and better.

This is also the month in which Spring is supposed to show itself.  I can see glimpses of it in our garden, but two days ago there was some snow spotted close to Ceres. Strange weather patterns?

Two years ago round about this time I started with the Lobotoy-me project. This month I received some nice orders for the Lobotoy-me toys, which I am very grateful for, and which enabled me to make a donation again to the anti- Rhino poaching fund!

lobotoy-me toys

Toys hand-made from inner tubes.

This is super cool since the 22nd of September is World Rhino day!

Art wise my work is progressing nicely for the Morality Monkeys group show next month – which I will tell you about at a later stage.

A fellow artist, curator and friend of mine, Neil Nieuwoudt, is working on a catalogue for me, of my recent work!  You can see an example of his work here!  This was a catalogue he did for an artist Bronwyn Lace. I think Neil is very talented and I am super excited and cannot wait to see the end result!

The only negative thing about this month September is the coughs and sneezes I am struggling with.   Can this be due to the changing of the season?

I hope you have enjoyed the month of September so far?!