Greetings from the studio…2019

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Yikes, already 11 days into the new year, but for me the ‘new year’ officially starts when the children goes back to school. It allows for some quiet contemplative time in the studio.

Usually I try not to make new years resolutions, but with that said, this year I aim to spend more time in the garden,

“Om grond te eet is goed vir sooibrand/ eating dirt is good for heartburn” Embroidery on rubber – Private collection

and focus on cultivating a good posture while working.  Also to practice more yoga and to breathe deep.

“Vanity is becoming a nuisance; I can see why women give it up, eventually. But I’m not ready for that yet” – quote from the book Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

I wish you all a prosperous 2019!

and remember:

“Your craziness is another’s reality” embroidered rubber – Private collection

 

 

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The Blushful Hippocrene – group exhibition – you are invited!

Art portfolio- my work

Invitation

wyn maak die bors oop 58 x 44 cm cotton thread, rubber and wood

slangbyt 66 x 46 cm cotton thread, rubber and wood

einde van dronkenskap 56 x 46 cm cotton thread, rubber and wood

A knot of snakes

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(k)not of snakes 215 x 108 cm cotton thread and rubber 2018

detail 1

detail 2

detail 3

detail 4

Currently showing at 99 Loop gallery as part of my solo exhibition “Minutes to Midnight”. Until 27 October 2018

Installation view

August…an analysis

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Pink Freud 1 – 3

  1. Pink Freud III – a commission completed this month.

After Pink Freud II I thought there would be no more, but since it was commissioned by someone in that trade, I thought, hell why not. He would be loved.

“Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is” Sigmund Freud

2. August was though health wise for lots of friends and family.  In a way this was inspirational. I started to do research on folk medicine (boererate). This is a piece inspired by one of the recipes I found in a book called “Oupa en Ouma se boererate”. It’s for an upcoming group exhibition in November, but more on that later.

sneak peek: Boereraat (Dronkenskap)

I love working in this format later. Excited by the possibilities.

“Flowers are very restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.” Sigmund Freud

3. Reminder: The group exhibition ‘Black Humour opens on the 30th of August at Fried Contemporary gallery in Pretoria

Under cover Cotton thread, batting and rubber 2017 (photo of my owerk taken by Kleinjan Groenewald)

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” – Sigmund Freud

4. August= also admin month. I am currently putting together a catalogue of work that will be shown at this year’s BaardskeerdersBos Art Route during the weekend of 21 September. I’ve been invited by Artist Liz v.d Berg to show my work alongside hers at their farm Tierfontein. If you would like to receive a copy of this catalogue, please send me a message with your email address. Looking forward.

Honeysuckle the killer bee (Foam, fabric, found objects, cotton thread and rubber)

5. August was emotional and also a very anti-social month for me. But at the same time friends came to visit. In the end I had a wonderful time and some great memories were made.

“Friendship is an art of keeping distance….” –Sigmund Freud

6. Last but not least…doing some finishing touches form my upcoming solo which will open on the 3rd of October at 99 Loop gallery in Cape Town. Hope to see you there. Invite to follow at a later stage.

Who needs courage 80 x 119 cm cotton thread, wool, oil paint and rubber (reworked) 2018

“The madman is a dreamer awake” Sigmund Freud

“I burn better in the dark”

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“I Burn better in the dark” 2017 Cotton thread and rubber (detail)

The title of this work: “I burn better in the dark” comes from the lyrics of a song titled: Happy ending story by Courtney Love (the goddess of grunge).

and it goes like this:

Hey I burn better in the dark
Hey don’t let the light in
Hey it’s pure poison where you are
Hey is that me crying

Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story

Hey for every ending tragedy
Hey I’ll twist your heart out
Hey for every evil ?and I’m lazy?
Hey I’ll tear the sun down

Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story

Oh I swear you’re killin’ me, you’re killin’ me
Oh I swear you’re breakin’ me again
Oh I swear you’re breakin’ me, you’re hauntin’ me
Oh I swear you’re killin’ me again

Hey the quick sands come in bitter ends
Hey is that me crying
Hey the stars crash down, don’t let ’em in
Hey is that me dying

Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story
Hey, tell me your happy ending story
Hey, tell me your happy ending story
Hey, tell me your happy ending story
Come tell me the story
Tell me the happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story…
Tell me your happy ending story…

This work and more will be hanging out in a group show titled: The Spiritual Grunge Mash-Up Exhibition, at the Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery  in Woodstock Cape Town. The exhibition will open on the 12th of December 2017. For more info contact Zelda Hamilton – zelda.hamilton@gmail.com