back to normal, whatever that is…

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Good morning everyone

….it is actually ‘back to school’ day today, so that means, I have my studio to myself again, which makes it feel like ‘back to normal’.

 

Not that I mind having my kids around me, but lets face it….now i can hear my own thoughts…. 

and luckily for me I don’t need the studio to keep on stitching, so even if I did stitch almost everyday, I did make time for reading

and playing,

eating – ice cream and cotton candy

laughing and coping with little sleep etc.

Hope you had a lovely holiday as well.

Back to the studio:

I am currently preparing for 2 group shows during February and March (more on this later). For the one I made small ‘new’ altered pages

, and for the other I am reworking some ‘older’ pieces-

why? because a work of art is never finished is it? And I feel that there is always room for improvement….

But now I have a question for you….so if the original work was exhibited in 2015, and now I’ve reworked it…do I date it 2015/2018 or do I take the previous date out and just date it as 2018? Please let me hear your thoughts on this.

I’m looking forward to share my thoughts, process and dreams with you this year…talking about dreams:

Oh my life is changing everyday
In every possible way
And oh my dreams
It’s never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems

-Lyrics from the song: Dreams by The Cranberries

R.I.P Dolores (lead singer from the Cranberries)

 

 

 

about (m)others…

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The first time I heard Pink Floyd’s music was when I was 17. (that was a year before my mother passed away)

one of the pieces that will be part of the “Angels Tears” exhibition which opens early December at Grande Provence gallery

I was working as a waitress in an Italian Restaurant, and the owner played me a song which went like this…

Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar,
You’re gonna go far,
You’re gonna fly high,
You’re never gonna die,
You’re gonna make it if you try…

Steve, wherever you are now, thank you for introducing me to Pink Floyd!

Talking about Pink Floyd…

Amanda Palmer recently did a Pink Floyd cover called “Mother” (link) which really resonated with me. It’s like a lullaby for our troubled times.

“People have said that lullabies are the space to sing the unsung,” Pettit said. “A place to say the unsay-able. You’re alone. Nobody is listening, and you can express the feelings that are not okay to express in society.”

Thank you Amanda for having ‘balls’ to sing the unsung, to say the unsay-able … also

“There is no… attempt to threaten, frighten or construct a scene,” Lorca said, “only to thrust the child into the song, alone and unarmed, a little knight defenseless against his mother’s reality.”

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/many-lullabies-murder-ballads

Being a mother myself raising 2 boys, living in a world where (and I quote Kevin from Twitter).. “there is no shortage of infantile man-child’s running countries at the moment”

this mama doesn’t want all your nightmares come true..

this mama doesn’t want to put all her fears into you…

Mama wants you to fly, sing and dream..to climb over all the walls..

Another one for the ‘Angels Tears’ exhibition opening soon at Gallery Grande Provence

anyway….so my friend Lavender Fishoek recently told me about the story of David Blaine and his mother…she said it reminded her of me and my boys…WOW…seriously!!? this is the best compliment anyone has given me recently. But also an eye-opener and reminder, because I must admit, that after watching the interview, I realized that the older my boys get, the less I do things like that with them anymore…to really be in the moment-to go search for ‘King Kong’.

 

The story goes:

“One time I was walking through the park. And I was late. And she (his mother) was walking me before she had to go to work. And I was like: “Mom look! There is King Kong!” and instead of her saying: “No, no, we’re late, let’s go..” She said: “Where?”

So we walked all the way over and it was just a log.

But the idea that she let me imagine and believe and didn’t want to stifle that – that is what made her so incredible” – David Blaine

You can watch the full interview (which is very insightful about many things including fears and some advice from Mike Tyson) here 

On that note…goodnight friends. Sweet dreams

P.S recent earworm:  Mutter

P.P.S:

Let us not forget that the fundamental object of the lullaby is to put the child that is not sleepy, to sleep. They are songs for the hours and moments when the child feels like playing. In Tamames they sing:

Sleep, sleep, my child,

I have things to do,

wash your clothes

sit me down to sew.

-Lorca-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent moments that took my breath away (newsflash)

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photo credit: Anli Botha

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away” -Unknown

Dear Friends, collueges and fellow bloggers…

Today I am very happy to share the following news with you:

  1. My exhibition: “Stink Afrikaners” from earlier this year at the Woordfees 2016 has been nominated for a Kyknet Fiesta Award for best Visual Art production at an Art festival!
Title: Kruisbestuiwing Medium: Cotton thread, wood and rubber Size: 61 x 31 cm

Title: Kruisbestuiwing
Medium: Cotton thread, wood and rubber
Size: 61 x 31 cm

This is a ‘breathtaking’ moment for me since it is the 3rd time that my work is nominated for this award. (previous years 2012 for “Skeidingsangs” and 2015 for “Rubber ever After”!)

What an honour to be nominated amongst fellow artists like Alex Hamilton, Amanda Botha and Lien Botha!

Congratulations to all - (artwork by Roger Young)

Congratulations to all – (artwork by Roger Young)

AND!

  1. I was recently informed that my work was chosen to represent South Africa at the 2017 Textile Biennial at the Rijswijk Museum in the Netherlands in May 2017! A dream come true!

For more info about previous Biennials:

http://www.museumrijswijk.nl/rtb2015/index.html

I am super excited and overjoyed.

I would like to wish you all a prosperous 2017, and thank you for all the support, encouragement, likes, comments and messages. I appreciate each and everyone.

Best wishes

“I had a dream”

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While I’m typing this the song from ABBA goes through my head…..

I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail

I’m officially too old for one of my dreams to come true.  I have failed. Now I must try and cope with that.

When I left art school, I had a 5 year plan to win the ABSA l Atelier competition. (Perceived as one of the most prestigious art awards in South Africa.) I have heard other artists say that only after they won this competition, collectors started to collect their work.  So it’s been more than 10 years after art school and today I heard that not even one of my two entries did make it to the top 100.  (The only time my work did was in 2004.) So I am left wondering if my work has gone down-hill from then?

"Domesticated" embroidery on rubber. (I really need advice on how to take a photo of art behind glass!)

“Domesticated” embroidery on rubber. (I really need advice on how to take a photo of art behind glass!)

Looking now at the two pieces I can think of a lot of excuses, eg: I shouldn’t have rushed it or it should have been more focused, or I should have made the rubber chain super long that it formed a mountain inside the cage ect. ect. But that would not change anything. (A lot of should-haves)

The domestic engineer (my playground) mixed media and found objects

The domestic engineer (my playground) mixed media and found objects

Later this year I am turning 36 and won’t be allowed to enter again since you have to be 35 and younger.  Thus if I want to go to Paris (which is one of the prizes)  I have to try and save money to go there by myself, since it wont happen through ABSA.

Last year sometime I found the following excerpt on Keri Smith’s blog: see here

7. “Pay no attention to the man behind that curtain.” Ignore what other people are doing. It has no bearing on your existence or vision of the world. The times we feel the most discouraged are usually due to the fact we are comparing ourselves to others. Most times reading awards annuals, and industry mags only serves to make us feel inadequate. Try cutting it out entirely. Designer Bruce Mau recommends not entering awards competitions. His reasoning, “Just don’t do it, it’s not good for you.”

I liked nr 7, but I didn’t listen.  I will keep on dreaming.