Back to the future: Masked baby monsters

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I had some fun and games during the holidays with a series done with mixed media (ink, charcoal, pastel and acrylic paint) The series of drawings was exhibited in their original state (before the mask) at my first ever solo exhibition at the Joao Ferreira gallery back in 2004. Titled: Siembamba, Let’s play pretend. Below is the original invitation:

I decided to add some masks to the original drawings, and for me in a way the added masks turned the babies into monsters!

My obsession with masks resurfaced in 2020, because suddenly masks became a necessity. I used to be fascinated by rituals during my student days and masks were important in rituals too. Traditionally masks were used during ceremonies across the globe. And now more than ever they became a part of our lives. Although I must admit that I prefer cultural masks instead of the ones currently worn by everyone. (do you also find it surreal going to the shops and seeing everyone wearing masks?)

Masked baby monster 1 (2004-2020) Mixed media 52.5 x 37.5 cm

So I have started a whole series around the idea of cultural masks – which links to my fascination with relationships, anthropology, fairy tales …. but I will tell you more once I have worked on a new artist statement…

Masked baby monster 2 (2004-2020) Mixed media 52.5 x 37.5 cm
Masked baby monster 3 (2004-2020) Mixed media 52.5 x 37.5 cm

In my next post I will continue with my fascination with masks and show and tell you more.

Until then….have a good week. xxx

“Never smile at a Crocodile…”

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“Never Smile at a Crocodile” as written by Jack Lawrence and Frank Churchill.

Never smile at a crocodile
No, you can’t get friendly with a crocodile
Don’t be taken in by his welcome grin
He’s imagining how well you’d fit within his skin
Never smile at a crocodile
Never dip your hat and stop to talk awhile
Never run, walk away, say goodnight, not good-day
Clear the aisle but never smile at Mister Crocodile
You may very well be well bred
Lots of etiquette in your head
But there’s always some special case, time or place
To forget etiquette
For instance:
Never smile at a crocodile

Putting a smile on her face

balance

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The word “balance” appears in almost everything I read, and everywhere I go these days.

Balance….what is so special about that?  In a world out of balance, it seems that everyone wants it.

Could the two words/terms “balance” and “juggling” hang out together?

As a mother I find myself yearning for some form of balance as well…..or something/someone to help me balance everything.

A mother’s helper

“In fine art balance refers to a composition or placement of elements of design in such a manner as to produce an aesthetically pleasing or harmoniously integrated whole:  Focusing on the bigger picture might assist in becoming a harmoniously integrated whole person.  Life, like art, is not about perfection.  It is about how you arrange what you have”  

-Survival guide: autumn issue-

 

 

Paper-dolls

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I am currently working on a new series.  Using any piece of paper, pen, ink that’s lying around.  Stitching the paper together with a sewing machine. Having fun.  They are my paper-dolls: (in progress- a sneak peek)

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Paperdoll #1:  Dandy lady

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Paper-doll # 3: Addicted to ink

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Paper-doll #2 : Me.Raai

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Paper-doll #4: Miss Some One

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Paper-doll #5: Unbalanced diet

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Paper-doll #6: Souvenir Portrait

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Paper-doll #7:  You can’t catch me