10 reasons …

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Why I decided to embroider on rubber….

because my life was hanging on a thread

because it makes ‘sew’ much sense

because I wanted to tread lightly and use what was available

because I needed a challenge

because the act of sewing is meditative

because i fell in love with the process

because rubber is tough and can be seen as masculine

because thread is delicate and an be seen as feminine

because i like the juxtaposition of thread and rubber

because nothing is what it seems.

Artcrush: The writings of Marlene Dumas

"Het kwaad is banaal" (Evil is banal) 1984 Oil on Canvas - Marlene Dumas

“Het kwaad is banaal” (Evil is banal) 1984 Oil on Canvas – Marlene Dumas

If been struggling lately to re-write an artist statement for my upcoming exhibition in September; and since we are celebrating Women’s day tomorrow, I thought it would be a nice idea to share one of the many artists who I admire (in this case Marlene Dumas)’s writings:

marlende dumas

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P.S where she writes ‘paint’ I read “Embroider” 🙂

Stink Afrikaners – Artist Statement

Art portfolio- my work

Today is the official opening of the Woordfees in Stellenbosch, so I thought it would be a good time to publish my Artist Statement for my solo exhibition titled: Stink Afrikaners at this years festival:


Tagetes erecta African Marigold/Stink Afrikaners

Die plant African Marigold, in Latyns bekend as Tagetes erecta en in ons volksmond as Stink Afrikaners is die inspirasie vir hierdie reeks werke.  Die title van die reeks is n woordspeling op stink, wat beide n Afrikaanse en Englese woord is, en Afrikaners, mense woonagtig in Afrika or mense wat Afrikaans praat.  Die reeks as n geheel verwys na die African Marigold as plant en veral die oorsprong en geskiedenis daarvan.

Native to the Americas, where it is known as the Mexican marigold and the Aztec marigold, this plant was gathered in the wild by the Aztec to be used for medicinal, ceremonial and decorative purposes.  The flower of the plant, also called “flower of death” is still used in the annual Mexican festival Dia de los Muertos each year.  It is also commonly planted in cemeteries. It was this reference to death and the context of Afrikaans as a living language which I wanted to explore in this series of work.



artist statement for upcoming exhibition

Art portfolio- my work

My husband and I are celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary on the 21st of September.

The Prince Albert Gallery is also commemorating their 10th anniversary this year.

After a decade it feels like one is starting a new chapter.

My new body of work is inspired by the chapters of the book What wives wish their husbands knew about women., by Dr. James Dobson.

I created these works to elaborate on each chapter. The first chapter is dedicated to “Mom the domestic engineer”.

As a “domestic engineer” I recently taught myself the skill of embroidery from a book.  I juxtapose this feminine craft with the male realm by embroidering on discarded inner tube.

Chapter 3: a low self-esteem: No-one can stand the awful knowledge that he/she is not needed

I also illustrate each chapter with drawings made by attaching bits and pieces of paper with a sewing machine.  I call these drawings my ‘paper dolls’.  These fantastical creatures may threaten or help us.  They may be alluring or repelling.  As beings that are out of the ordinary, they are able to cross and challenge, but also guard and define boundaries between the known and unknown, self and other, nature and culture, life and death, human and divine.

Chapter 1: Mom the domestic engineer: A Souvenir portrait

I want to create a miss-match feeling by combining the traditional with non traditional elements.  Making something new from something found.  The sculptural works are based on the experimental phase children reach at a certain age while they engage with toys during playtime.

Chapter 9: Problems with the children

I found inspiration in Mythology especially in the Gothic monster myths that arose out of the late romantic era such as e.g.:  Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein- they serve as the phobic allegories of the primal fear culture feels as their body is increasingly perverted, corrupted or mutated by the unknown intangible forces of society, science, technology, medicine or in other words humanity itself.

With this “new chapter I will explore the vulnerable landscape of marriage and relationships.