Freakin Flammable/Flippen Vlambaar @ PArt 2014

Art portfolio- my work, Studio news/blog

Tomorrow is the last day of this year’s Prince Albert Art Festival.  As you all know by now: I am participating in the awesome group show: Flippen Vlambaar/ Freakin’ Flammable curated by Alex Hamilton.

As promised here are some photos:

Installation view with works by myself, Elizabeth Balcomb and Christiaan Diedericks. (photo courtesy of Alex Hamilton)

Installation view with works by myself, Elizabeth Balcomb and Christiaan Diedericks. (photo courtesy of Alex Hamilton)

My husband and I decided to drive through to Prince Albert for the weekend and arrived in Prince Albert late Friday afternoon.  I decided to dress up as some sort of Princess.  On my hand was written: “Have you seen my Prince Albert?”

Here I am with FalkoOne also known as FalkoStarr the talented street/graffiti artist in front of his work:

with FalcoOne in front of his work

with FalcoOne in front of his work

On Saturday I wore my custom made/ Maleficent inspired headdress and rubber chain around my neck:

photo credit:  Alex Hamilton

photo credit: Alex Hamilton

Staring contest? from one ‘queen’ to another….

In front of the work by Conrad Botes: Zombie Babylon 10. (photo: Alex Hamilton)

In front of the work by Conrad Botes: Zombie Babylon 10. (photo: Alex Hamilton)


With another work by Conrad Botes

With another work by Conrad Botes photo: Alex Hamilton

guilty as charged?………….

With work by Brett Murray

With work by Brett Murray photo Alex Hamilton

During the day we walked around town. I was chained to my husband.  Later the cops pulled over when they saw us in the main road and asked if everything was okay? Someone in town phoned them and said there are a man walking with a woman on a chain and wanted them to check if all was well.  Just before that some locals tried to perform some sort of ‘exorcism’ on us.  Never a dull moment in a small Karoo Town.

With my husband

With my husband photo Alex Hamilton

I found it appropriate to be chained to my husband for the day, since it was our 12th wedding anniversary as well.  Chained because he tamed me, and by tamed I mean like the way Antoine de Saint-Exupery explains it in his book: The Little Prince.

That evening we had the privilege to see a show: ‘Agter Glas” by Elzabe Zietsman.  I am at a loss for words.  If you ever have the chance to see her in action – do it!

With Elzabe Zietsman and Hendrik Carsten

With Elzabe Zietsman and Hendrik Carsten

Besides all the excitement and fun in the Karoo, I also experienced some sad moments like this one:

with some local children in the Karoo

with some local children in the Karoo

We went for an Instawalk (learning about Instagram) and I met some local children in the North-End suburb.  At first they were terrified of me, but after I convinced them that I wont hurt them, we started talking.  I asked them if they enjoy going to school.  They said no, because the bigger children hurt them and take their money.  This type of thing makes one feel helpless and sad.  This little town also has a huge problem with “fetal alcohol syndrome” which is upsetting.

With all the ups and downs experienced, I still don’t know how to say this without sounding way too sentimental:  it was truly a weekend to remember!

My artist statement for this exhibition:

With these works I attempt to work through my own burning issues I have about motherhood.  With the work:  “Burn baby burn- No recipe I wonder if I should let my children experiment etc.  Even if it means that they might get burned by their experiences.  When should I interfere, when should I protect?  There is to my mind no recipe for raising children.

“Venus devouring her children” was obviously inspired by Goya’s Saturn devouring his children.  In Afrikaans we have a saying:  “Ek gaan hom sommer opvreet – meaning something like I want to devour him with love.  I somethimes wonder if smothering ones children can have the same effect as devouring them?

With “Sacrifice” I wonder how much of yourself should you give when becoming a mother.

Wile working on “Tamed” I thought a lot about the book:  The little prince”:

“Come and play with me, ” suggested the little prince.  “I am so terribly sad….” 

“I cannot play with you’ said the fox.  “I am not tame”.

“What does tame mean?”

“It is something that is too often forgotten”, said the fox.  “It means to establish ties…”

but before I quote the whole chapter where tamed are being written about- I will end off with this:

“The little prince went off to look at the roses again.  “None of you is at all like my rose.  As yet you are nothing,” He said to them. “Nobody has tamed you and you have tamed no one.  You are like my fox when I first encountered him.  He was just a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes.  But I made him my friend and now he is unique in the world….”




Studio news/blog

A friend came to visit me last week.  She bought a book for my little boy called:

“The artist who painted a blue horse” by Eric Carle.

We both love reading it before bed each night.

On the inside of the jacket it says:

“In this book a child paints a blue horse.  Then, with growing confidence the young artist paints a series of other animals in bold, unrealistic colours and forms.  Young readers will readily empathize with the happiness the young artist expresses when the paintings are finished.

Through his eloquent pictures and an almost wordless text, Eric Carle will inspire young artists everywhere to use their imaginations.  They don’t have to ‘stay within the lines’.  And there certainly are no “wrong” colours.  Here is a book to give all children confidence in their own creativity!”

I also read that the author was inspired by “degenerate artists”.  (in this case Franz Marc. I especially love it where it says:

”…that children ought not to be inhibited by conventional rules, but instead, should be encouraged to express their natural talents freely and joyfully”

I know I sometimes feel inhibited by “conventional rules”, and that is why I think I enjoy creating these new works, since I try not to care about these rules….

According to wikipedia,

Degenerate art is the English translation of the German entartete Kunst, a term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany to describe virtually all modern art. Such art was banned on the grounds that it was un-German or Jewish Bolshevist in nature, and those identified as degenerate artists were subjected to sanctions. These included being dismissed from teaching positions, being forbidden to exhibit or to sell their art, and in some cases being forbidden to produce art entirely.”

So I wonder if history is not repeating itself with this ‘Brett Murray- Spear” saga.

I enjoy reading about this in all its different guises.  I especially enjoyed the article by Pierre De Vos in the recent Arttimes:

“While any South Africans seem to have gotten rather upset (in a choreographed expression of moral outrage) about the supposedly in human, racist, degrading and humiliating painting of our President because the painting depicts – gasp! – a penis, the real inhuman, racist, degrading and humiliating neglect of our government selling the school children of Limpopo down the drain goes unremarked on.   Why worry about a few million starving children when one can get cross about the Presidential willy.”

Wikipedia again:

As dictator, Hitler gave his personal taste in art the force of law to a degree never before seen. Only in Stalin’sSoviet Union, where Socialist Realism was the mandatory style, had a state shown such concern with regulation of the arts.[5]

It seems the same now….Anyway I dont like politics…

While searching degenerate art, I stumbled upon this website:

I really enjoyed it since I appreciate Marilyn Manson….

and Salvador Dali….

What a lovely combination!

“Manson as Dalí on a 2006 shot for Juxtapoz magazine, with his 1999 watercolor painting ‘Die Deutsche Kampferin’ (The German female fighter, a title derived from a woman’s magazine Nazi propaganda) representing an androgynous Hitler, a reference to Dalí’s fascination for fascism, particularly the sensuality and eroticism he claimed to see in Hitler, and to the “degenerate” nature of his work. Also notice the columbines next to the chaplinesque figure”

“This one was very much a dedication to Dalí because he had painted ‘Hitler as a Housewife’ and the paintings were destroyed when he exhibited them with the exhibition for Un Chien Andalou with Bunuel, and so no one has ever seen them. So when I was reading about them, I wanted to paint something in return, but living in Hollywood I thought there was a bit of Chaplin in it all. I think it’s funny when you have a mustache and it really defines sort of ‘evil’ or ‘funny’. Change hats, same moustache.”

Marilyn Manson, at the vernissage of his Trismegistus art show
December 5, 2008