I had some fun and games during the holidays with a series done with mixed media (ink, charcoal, pastel and acrylic paint) The series of drawings was exhibited in their original state (before the mask) at my first ever solo exhibition at the Joao Ferreira gallery back in 2004. Titled: Siembamba, Let’s play pretend. Below is the original invitation:
I decided to add some masks to the original drawings, and for me in a way the added masks turned the babies into monsters!
My obsession with masks resurfaced in 2020, because suddenly masks became a necessity. I used to be fascinated by rituals during my student days and masks were important in rituals too. Traditionally masks were used during ceremonies across the globe. And now more than ever they became a part of our lives. Although I must admit that I prefer cultural masks instead of the ones currently worn by everyone. (do you also find it surreal going to the shops and seeing everyone wearing masks?)
So I have started a whole series around the idea of cultural masks – which links to my fascination with relationships, anthropology, fairy tales …. but I will tell you more once I have worked on a new artist statement…
In my next post I will continue with my fascination with masks and show and tell you more.
I don’t know about you, but September was really testing my patience. I had a hard time with the South African postal services trying to send work overseas, which in the end didn’t reach is destination. So better luck next time. But October is here and promises to be a busy month as well as a beautiful one!
I am excited to announce that I started working on a commission last month and it is progressing slowly but surely:
The only request from the patron is that “Size matters!”
That’s when I decided that it will be the title of the work as well. 😉
So dear friends due to this commission, I will not be hosting a studio exhibition this month, but I do have those works that didn’t leave the country, available directly from my studio, until the 10th of October. If you’d like to receive a pdf file, let me know via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paradigm Gallery + Studio is pleased to present TEN, a comprehensive, group exhibition curated in celebration of the gallery’s tenth anniversary. TEN features the work of over 120 artists, who have presented at Paradigm over the last 10 years.
I am pleased to announce that my Ladybird will be attending the celebrations!
Ladybird 310 x 280 x 80 mm Cotton thread, batting and rubber 2019
Friday, February 28th • 5:30 – 10:00pm
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays • 12:00pm – 6:00pm
And 7 days a week by appointment: email@example.com / (267)266-0073
Paradigm Gallery + Studio / 746 S. 4th Street, 1st Floor / Philadelphia, PA 19147