Adventures with Diana- Diana se avonture

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Diana se storie deel 1 2020 Collage, Fabriano, cotton thread and rubber 35.5 x 25 cm

Terwyl haar liggaam besig was om te herstel, het Diana solank haar verstand geoefen.

Diana se storie deel 2 2020 Collage, Fabriano, cotton thread and rubber 35.5 x 25 cm

Sy is vyf en twintig en siek en sat daarvan om so hard te werk en steeds n sukkelbestaan te voer. Daarom besluit sy dat dit tyd geword het dat meeer mense van haar bestaan bewus word.

Diana se storie deel 3 2020 Collage, Fabriano, cotton thread and rubber 35.5 x 25 cm

Diana voel dat haar kans om te slaag omtrent vyftig to vyftig is.

Diana se storie deel 4 2020 Collage, Fabriano, cotton thread and rubber 35.5 x 25 cm

“Maar ek kan nie nou ophou nie” se Diana

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Collage elements from the following books:

“The woman in fashion” bu Doris Langley Moore (First published 1949)

“Diana se stryd teen die see” by Valjean Mcleninghan (1980)

Join the party!

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This is a #fairwarning to join the party!

#fairwarning!

you don’t have to suffer from FOMO

FOMO 70 x 18 x 10 cm Cotton thread, polyester fiber filling and rubber 2020 Hannalie Taute

so put a smile onto your face…

Put a smile on your face

because there is a change of plans

Change of plans

We would like to welcome you with arms wide open for the annual Turbine Art Fair

With arms wide open

…because shit is getting real – virtually!

shit’s getting real

It is going to be HOT!

HOT

AAAH-HAAA!

HAAA-AAAH! (SOLD)

There will even be a “Neighbourhood watch”:

And this little guy promises you a whale of a time:

a whale of a time

even if there is a wild goose chase

Sweet-tooth would like you to Eatmore and Seemore!

Sowaar as Padda-manel! So stop Horsing around because you can’t touch this!

You have to earn your stripes!

earn your stripes SOLD

…even among a (K)not of snakes!

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

for more info please visit Millennium gallery, or contact Ronel at https://www.millenniumgallery.co.za/about

Join the party Installation view

.In warm water. On Being. A Womxn. Show

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In warm water, cotton thread, doillies and rubber 2017 (photographed by Kleinjan Groenewald)

Did you know that a female octopus is known as a hen? – (source: internet)

“In the octopus world, females are boss. They are often larger than males and can pose quite a threat. The male is in a troublesome position because he wants to pass on his genes by mating with a female, but females can turn on their partner quick, strangling him and bringing his carcass back to her den as a meal.” (source: http://www.study.com)

In warm water = to be in or get into a difficult situation in which you are in danger of being criticized or punished

 “Prioritizing their motherly duties, females stop eating. But she doesn’t starve to death–rather,when the eggs hatch the female’s body turns on her. Her body undertakes a cascade of cellular suicide, starting from the optic glands and rippling outward through her tissues and organs until she dies”. (source: http://www.smithsonianmag.com

“The scientific jury is still out as to why these clever, resourceful creatures meet such an ignominious end, but there are several theories. Octopuses are serious cannibals, so a biologically programmed death spiral may be a way to keep mothers from eating their young.” (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com)

on being a woman in the arts, on being a woman in South Africa, on being a woman in this world.

ON BEING is a group show featuring some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists working in a range of mediums: painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramic and mixed media.

Does one celebrate women’s day in South Africa whilst we are facing a national crisis in gender-based violence? Is it tokenism to celebrate women for one day (or a month)? We asked these questions in discussions for this show. Women artists have and continue to hold their own in our space year-round. However, any opportunity to highlight women- we will take. The title of the show aims to speak to the lived experience of women in this country; it calls for celebration and mourning, as being a woman in South Africa means both. 

This exhibition features works not specifically made for a women’s exhibition, but have been selected by the curators as to offer an insight into the interior world of being a woman and to celebrate our artists by highlighting their work. 

We remember the 20 000+ women who marched on the streets in 1956. We pay tribute to them for their courage and strength. We pay tribute to all our women artists. We look to the future, knowing that there is still much to do.”  EVERARD READ FRANSCHOEK GALLERY PRESS RELEASE

The group Exhibition: “ON BEING/A WOMXN’S show” at Everard Read Franschoek openend yesterday and will run until the 7th of September 2020. Please visit their website for more information.

Lost and the “Secret of Life”

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detail “Lost”

As you can guess, I feel a bit lost right now. I’m also at a loss for words.

detail “Lost”

So I use or am inspired by words that jump out of a screen. These words were inspired by a Nintendo end game screen message,

but I feel it is also applicable to the world we are living in.

Lost, 800 x 600 mm cotton thread and rubber 2019 Hannalie Taute (my work photographed by Kleinjan Groenewald)

I offer you a bouquet of “flowers” from the ocean.

and I would like to share the following short film featuring: Antoinette Pienaar It’s a film by Green Renaissance:

Enjoy and I wish you a lovely weekend!

 

meet the artist part 7 – working with rubber

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Artist photographed by KleinJan Groenewald 2020

Rubber is a very tactile substance and I love the skin-like quality of it, which can be highly fetishized.

It also distances my work from the perceived softness or delicacy of ‘women’s work’ to become the opposite – hard labor.

Working with rubber is like fusing two seemingly irreconcilable material forms together along with their associated symbolic values.

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Thank you for reading my ‘meet the artist’ posts during this month, reaching the half way mark today. I wish you a lovely Valentines day. xxx