Morality Monkeys

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“When one person stands up and says “WAIT A MINUTE, THIS IS WRONG,” it helps other people to do the same – Gloria Steinem.

The exhibition The Morality Monkeys: See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil refers to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of the people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety by looking the other way or feigning ignorance. The exhibition deals with a variety of controversial subject matter.

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I am so looking forward to this show.

For those who cant make it to this show, here is a preview of what i did for this group exhibition:

When I see the words evil and morals in a sentence, the first thing that comes to mind is the encounter of Eve with the Serpent.  It’s such a well known story and one that has been carried down for generations.

So I decided that since I adore playing and toys, I want to role play that encounter. I used a toy snake I received from a friend for Christmas a couple of years ago.

"Ek het n appeltjie te skil met jou" embroidery on rubber (inner tube) and found vintage frame

“Ek het n appeltjie te skil met jou” embroidery on rubber (inner tube) and found vintage frame

The title of the above work is: “Ek het n appeljtie met jou te skil” which means we’ve got a score to settle.  If I was Eve, what would I have said to the serpent back then?

With the second work:  “No hard feelings”, things became more suggestive.  The toy is a plush snake and doesn’t feel hard when you hold it.  Here Eve is comforting the Serpent.  They made peace with each other:

"No hard feelings" embroidery on rubber

“No hard feelings” embroidery on rubber

The Morality Monkeys: See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil.

Curated by Aidon Westcott

Dates: Exhibition runs from: 12 Oct – 24 Nov

Opening: 12 October 2013

Time: 11:00

Opening speaker (11:30): Robert Hamblin

Participating artists:

Robert Hamblin; Chris Diedericks; Adriaan Diedericks; Barry Barichievy; Brahm van Zyl; Corlie de Kock; Grace Kotze; Mathew Brittan; Steven Rosin; Judy Woodbourne; Olaf Bisschoff; Michele Rolstone; Marie Stander; Clare Menck; Peter van Straten; David Brits; Shany van den Berg; Elizabeth Gunter; Hannalie Taute; Aidon Westcott; Susan Opperman, Larita Engelbrecht, Bowen Boshier, Jaco Sieberhagen and Vulindela Nyoni.

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I am delighted to inform you that my work will be part of this group exhibition:

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You are cordially invited to attend the fine art opening of the group exhibition: Prototype:

The central concept behind the group exhibition, Prototype is to introduce and engage the public and art collectors of South Africa with the new directions and themes which 25 contemporary South African artists are currently exploring and experimenting with through their art at the present moment.

This exhibition provides a platform to expose artists’ conceptual thought patterns regarding new subject matter or an evolving technique or medium that they are investigating in their on-going body of work. Prototype therefor allows the opportunity to engage and introduce a fresh dialogue regarding their body of work between the artists and the art loving public.

Featuring Artists:

Clare Menck; Peter van Straten; Shaney van den Berg; Judy Woodborne; Alex Hamilton; Marie Stander; Annelie Venter; Hannalie Taute; Barry Barichievy; Gordon Froud; Brahm van Zyl; Mathew Brittan; Larita Engelbrecht;  Talitha Deetlefs; Corlie de Kock;  Greg Schultz; Kennett Sinclair; Tim Hopwood; Olaf Bisschoff; Richard Smith; Lianne  Dutilleux;  Adriaan Diedericks;Louis Jansen Van Vuuren; Michele Rolstone; Aidon Westcott.

Preview the exhibition on facebook:

For more information regarding the exhibition please contact:

D-Street Gallery

112 Dorp Street


Tel: 021-8832337

Cell: 083-7396196 (from 19 August)

for those who cant be there….here is the work that will be part of this exhibition:

Sometimes she feels like Krakatua (embroidery on rubber/inner tube)

Sometimes she feels like Krakatua (embroidery on rubber/inner tube)

I’ve decided to frame this piece.  Amazing what a frame can do to a work.

Sometimes she feels like Krakatua (framed)

Sometimes she feels like Krakatua (framed)

Apologies for the photo. still not sure how to take a picture of work behind glass, so that there is no reflection in the glass!?

And this piece:

She married him anyway (bluebeard). Embroidery on rubber/inner tube.

She married him anyway (bluebeard). Embroidery on rubber/inner tube.

Artist statement for this exhibition:

I recently added the fragility of embroidery on rubber/inner tube to my repertoire of mediums I explore.

I started to embroider on rubber/inner tube, using the thread as my paint and the rubber as my canvas. The act of embroidering allows me some time to become calm, quiet and introspective.  I also find the contrast of using a needle on a discarded inner tube appealing. Initially my work used to be small and installed in groups.  Stuffed it looked like pillows.  Currently I have cut the rubber into small shapes like this:


This shape reminded me of bees and their hives as well as cells of the body.   Later I found out that it is also the chemical structure for tyres.

I worked the small pieces together to form a type of quilt.

Being ambitious I started off with a big piece (size 1m x 66cm) called “Sometimes she feels like Krakatua”.  It is inspired by my son’s obsession with volcanoes and a documentary I saw on National Geographic about Krakatua.

The other piece included in  this exhibition is: “She married him anyway” This work is inspired by the story of “Bluebeard”, and based on a portrait of my parents. Framed. (I had to custom made this frame since no framer in town were willing to frame this shape.)

Hopefully by framing these pieces it  will allow my work to move away from the ‘pillow’ feel and more to a ‘painting’ feeling.