Cape Town Trip

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When I arrived in Cape Town on Friday the 17th I was greeted by a very friendly butler, named Lizo, at the Old Foundry Hotel, where I spent one evening.

Then on Friday Night (the actual reason for my trip to Cape Town) was to meet up with Michelle Paterson (Director of MContemporary gallery)

Michelle Paterson and myself

, Louise Rush (the manager of the gallery)

Here I am with Louise Rush

as well as a couple of their collectors, especially Paul and Dimi Korkidas, from Australia, for dinner at Thali – a contemporary Indian Restaurant in Cape Town.

Paul, Dimi and me

It was truly a wonderful experience. One I will never forget.

The next day I spent 5 hours at the Cape Town Art Fair

Apart form the sensory overload, it was great to bump into fellow artists like Elske Henderson:

It was also insightful to do the walkabout with curator Sean O’ Toole who talked about his curated solo booths project at the fair.

It was interesting to hear him commenting that artists-‘friends’ for eg: Jeanne Gaigher who was accepted and despite their age, Gerhard Marx as well as Joachim Schonfeld were accepted- as if age should matter. And he also mentioned the ‘art world politics’ where Marx left Goodman for Everard read, etc…..So afterwards I cornered Sean and asked him if my work was not accepted because I am too old, or not his friend, or not with the ‘right’ gallery or is it my work that was not strong enough?

I probaby caught him by surprise, but as a critic I feel that he should be able to handle a straight forward question. His answer was that he was not responsible for the selection, but that the “Art Fair People” chose the 10 galleries that he had to work with. mmmm…..


Up next was a visit with some family members. Here I am with my belated mom’s eldest brother and his wife (Fanie & Annatjie Kruis), whom I haven’t seen since my mom’s passing more than 20 years ago.

As well as my cousin Stephan Kruis:

Then on Sunday I spent some time with an old school friend (Jeanine Kotze) and her family in Stellenbosch. They took me around town and we had a wonderful time catching up.

Unfortunately I left Stellenbosch the next day with a tummy bug, but are on my way to recovery. Looking forward to get back into the studio.


EUCATASTROPHE – the opening: a video

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I am happy that I was able to upgrade my website recently, and now WordPress allow me to upload videos!

So without further adieu: herewith a video (courtesy of the gallery). Thinking back with fond memories to the opening of EUCATASTROPHE on Saturday the 17th of April 2021 at Deepest Darkest Art Gallery in Cape Town.

ENJOY 😉 – Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


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Since it’s almost weekend, let’s talk cake!

Cake by Miche

This incredible cake (as seen above) made by MICHE for an EUCATASTROPHE added a special touch to the exhibition.

The team from MICHE noticed that I was a saddened by the idea of not having a cake at my wedding-themed exhibition (Eucatastrophe), especially since wedding cakes are a part of weddings since Ancient Rome. Even though the cake back then was more like a scone-barley cake, which were broken over the brides head during the ceremony to ensure good fortune and fertility. (for more on the history of wedding cakes see Gastronomica: the journal of critical food studies:

MICHE kindly offered to make a cake!

So I send them a video with a sneak peek/preview of the exhibition and we discussed certain possibilities, and this cake is a result of how they interpreted the work.

Cake by MICHE
detail Cake by MICHE
Detail cake by MICHE

How incredible is the detail. They even stitched the fondant!

If you want to know more about them check out this video:

Or check out their Instagram:

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

Love in the time of….an invitation

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This little alien would like to invite all Capetonians to a group exhibition:

Third time lucky and Aim higher

Love is like letting two balloons up into the air: The most interesting thing isn’t watching which one climbs fastest, but which one has the longest string. ❤

I will unfortunately not be able to attend the opening, but for those of you who can make it….ENJOY!

Dear Mother City…(Minutes to Midnight)

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Dear Mother City, (aka Cape Town)

I visited you earlier in October, and I must say it was an experience I wouldn’t forget.

The energy in mid-city is quite contagious and at the same time exhausting, and the traffic intense. As a small-town girl, I think I could not handle it for more than a week, but I suppose one can get used to it.

She always wanted to be a bad girl 92 x 64 cm cotton thread and rubber 2018

Your inhabitants were very supportive, kind, generous and made me feel welcome.

I even spotted this guy in one of your museums and he laughed his ass of at me for feeling so overwhelmed:

Taxidermy Hyena at the Iziko Museum – Cape Town

And I almost lost my head to a hippo…

Luckily my friend made me a concoction of some Bach-flower remedies for the nerves.

Bach remedies

and I channeled some horse-power with a Mary Sibande sculpture:

Moi with a Mary Sibande sculpture at the Iziko Art Museum

I did not see and experience half as much as I wanted to, but I did have a blast at the opening night of my solo exhibition Minutes to Midnight at 99 Loop gallery!

A big thank you to everyone who came to the opening night, and those who couldn’t make it to the opening, the exhibition runs until the 27th of October, so please feel free to pop in.

Her dark side 141 x 95 cm cotton thread, batting and rubber 2018 (private collection)

P.S ever wondered why Cape Town is known as the Mother City? Well, if you follow this link there’s 6 reasons why.