How Abra-Cadaver saved the Wicked Cat

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Once upon a time (round-a-bout 2016), in Stellenbosch, South Africa; Abra-Cadaver the Stink Afrikaner:

Abra-Cadaver-Stink Afrikaner 2016- exhibited during the Woordfees in Stellenbosch (destroyed)

was waiting and thinking, until “Minutes to Midnight” in 2018:

Minutes to midnight 2018 (destroyed)

meanwhile- “it is hard to take a nap with a dragon on your lap”.

“It is hard to take a nap with a dragon on your lap 2021 Photographic print on canvas, thread and rubber (destroyed)

which of course did not work out, but luckily today, the cat can finally say to Abra-Cadaver:

“Thank you for saving my life, said the wicked cat” 2022 Photographic print on board, thread and rubber

Thank you for saving my life said the wicked cat 2022 Photographic print on board, thread, doillies and rubber 122 x 85 cm framed

The end.

Before the year was over a great joy was announced.

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Hannalie Taute Before the year was over a great joy was announced 84 X 119 cm Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 2021

I was working on this piece before and during COP 26 (from late Oct to early Nov2021), and that’s why I decided to let one of the “family-members” hold on to the globe.

 The working title of my upcoming solo in July 2022 was after all “family meeting”.

Masked (with traditional masks because it is after all during a pandemic) world leaders’ (all female) and one (which is coincidentally my real life biological mother- because this specific photo is from my own family archive) masked ‘leader’

(my mother was the ‘Korfbal’ captain that year).

 And while on the subject of sport, my son is going to play his first ever hockey match today!  ‘-)

Anyway, I posted this on social media

with the hashtag #wishfulthinking because by then (sad to say) COP26 looked more like an elaborate PR event rather than leaders taking action and there was no ‘great joy’ announced.

Yesterday it was EARTHDAY 2022, and this is the 52nd anniversary of Earth day.

Here is a link to a short summery of how it was decided that 22 April should be ‘celebrated’* and coordinated by

in the same article it mentions that this year’s theme is “invest in our planet’.

“Kathleen Rogers, President of talks about transformative shift in the global economy.”   Still I don’t see any concrete plans being made, she also adds: “ The solutions are out there and we know what must be done…” (so why not do it?) “… whether it’s transitioning to renewable energy, conserving our forests and lands, or ridding ourselves of the scourge of plastic pollution.” – (again the words- transitioning…meanwhile:

Let’s wait and see how the story continues…

playing with fire – detail

*footnote: To celebrate something is to acknowledge a significant happy day or event, and I have to agree with Greta Thunberg that it doesn’t feel very ‘happy’:

Except that I am still able to be living on this wonderful planet that will surely survive us all and filled with gratitude because of that!

Alienated from her family – detail

Last but not least my solo exhibition opens at Mcontemporary in 3months time and I am super excited. Feel free to register your interest with the gallery or join the waiting list! Here

The donkeys grew ears

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The donkeys grew ears, 2022, Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 87 x 122 cm framed

I love doing research on donkeys. Donkeys are so rich in symbolism for eg: In the fables of Aesop where donkeys are generally portrayed as stupid and stubborn, to Christianity where the donkey is a symbol of service, suffering, peace and humility. Shakespeare popularized the word Ass, and in Pinocchio there was a section where the coachman and his henchmen turned boys into donkeys.  In the great myth Midas was given the ears of a donkey.

But today I would like to share the proposed dilemma by the Philosopher Jean Buridan (1300-1358) in which a hypothetical donkey suffering from hunger and thirst finds itself halfway between a bucket of fresh water and enjoyable bales of hay.  This makes the donkey perplexed, as it does not know whether to quench its thirst or appease its hunger later or vice versa.  Its indecisiveness leads to its perish.  This allegory could be taken as the cost of human inaction or as the total lack of free will versus determination in human life.” (A Merrifield (2018. The wisdom of Donkeys.  Finding tranquillity in a chaotic world.)

I feel that the above dilemma is perfect for the times we live in. 

But what does having donkey ears mean?  It means an exceptionally long period of time – the phrase likely originated as rhyming slang ears vs years. But having big ears can also mean to be nosy and to listen to other people’s private conversations.

Also did you know that if a donkey does not feel like you’ve alleviated their discomfort, they may escalate their body language to include rapidly swiveling ears which is usually a sign of high anxiety or alertness.

With that said, this work is currently on view at The Gallery Grande Provence for the “True Fall” group exhibition.  I thought it might be fitting since donkeys have that ‘true fall palette” but it also reminded me of the Fall of man (the transition of the first man and woman from a state of innocent obedience to a state of guilty disobedience.

The end.

‘Dagdromer’…a reminder

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Installation view of my work

Just a quick reminder that my studio will be open to the public for two days only when I will host a ‘group exhibition’ titled “Dagdromer”:


This will most likely be the first and last time I will host an exhibition as part of the Hessequa Art Route. In the future I will only accommodate studio visits per appointment only. 😉

A Hessequa Art Route Initiative

Should you not be able to visit Riversdale in the flesh, please feel free to view the work by my fellow friends and artists, by clicking on the link below;-)

We hope to see you soon!

Dagdromer (Daydreamer) invitation

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You are invited!!


ON 25 AND 26 MARCH 2022,  FROM 3-8PM

55 Versveld str, Riversdale, 6670



Please RSVP via email ( for more info- digital catalogue will be available soon.

Fellow artist and friend Nicky Hein helping to get the studio ready

“The mind is essentially a survival machine.  Attack and defence against other minds, gathering, storing and analysing information – this is what it is good at, but it is not at all creative.  All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.  The mind then gives form to the creative impulse or insight.  Even the great scientists have reported that the creative breakthrough come from a time of mental quietude.” Eckhart Tolle

Hannalie Taute Detail of new work (sneak peek)
studio shenanigans with Marelise Visser in preparation for ‘Dagdromer’