Her dark side…

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Her dark side 141 x 95 cm cotton thread, batting and rubber 2018

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“Jung believed that the shadow is the seat of creativity.  And it makes perfect sense that if creativity entails a certain freedom from our customary constraints in thought and feeling then giving ourselves the license to create also involves granting ourselves the privilege to inwardly explore and outwardly express the darker side of our latent tendencies and impulses.”

Quote of the day – source unknown

Her dark side detail

Her dark side detail 2

*private collection

*photographs of my work by Kleinjan Groenewald

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A knot of snakes

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

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

Installation view

Fok Vergangklikheid (Fuck Perishableness)

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Fok Vergangklikheid 2018 (Fuck Perishableness) 47 x 64 cm Cotton thread and rubber

I thought that this will be appropriate to share this image of a new work today, since I am ‘celebrating’ my birthday,…a prime number birthday, mixed with midlife-crises feelings….

Fok vergangklikheid detail

Anyway, another reason why I share this today is because this is a new work for an upcoming group exhibition: Black Humour, which opens at the end of this month at Fried Contemporary gallery in Pretoria.

With all that said….it’s time to make another wish, like I do every year..

p.s (yep, it is a Humpty Dumpty cake 😉

P.S.S…did you know:

Humpty Dumpty dates back to the early 19th century. At its origins it was a riddle, and the egg was probably the riddle’s answer.

In 17th century “humpty dumpty” was the name of a kind of brandy (source: Oxford English Dictionary) and the term was also used as a slang to describe a dull person. Exactly like an egg, if such a clumsy person would fall down from a wall, this would be an irremediable thing.

P.S.S the boys surprised me with a cake this morning for breakfast 🙂

I will end this post with two quotes by John Berger from his book: About Looking, which i am currently reading:

“The ideal of photography, aesthetics apart, is to seize a ‘historic’ moment.”

and

“The omnipresence of cameras suggest that time consists of interesting events, events worth photographing”

 

 

 

Minutes to Midnight and World Embroidery Day

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Minutes to midnight 215 x 106 cm cotton thread, doillies and rubber 2018

Minutes to Midnight is the title of the work above as well as the title for my upcoming solo exhibition at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town.

minutes to midnight detail

For a long time my thoughts centered around the words “Minutes to midnight” as a title for a possible solo show, and after many attempts, planning, and  discussions the works of the past few years (some new, some reworked) all fit together and finally I am looking forward to present the body of work soon (October 2018).

“Minutes to Midnight” is basically a continuation of my investigation of fear, which in turn lead me to the notion of time and eventually to the meaning behind the words: “Minutes to midnight” which actually refers to the symbolic clock used by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. This symbolic clock represents the countdown to a potential global catastrophe, and refers to this catastrophe as “Midnight”. It is currently standing on 2 minutes to Midnight.

Midnight in turn also reminded me about all the fairytales in which when the clock strikes 12 the magic disappears.

Minutes to midnight detail

But before you think it is all gloom and doom in this post, I have something uplifting to share with you as well:

I found out this morning, that it is World Embroidery Day today!  I saw it on a fellow embroiderer’s Instagram account*, and decided to google it to find out more.

The origins of the World Embroidery Day date back to 30 June 2011 and was an initiative of the Swedish Embroidery Guild, to celebrate embroidery (what a wonderful idea). I even found their Embroidery Manifesto which I would like to share with you:

embroidery_manifesto_-english (1)

Or you can visit this website to Download in 5 other languages:

http://www.broderiakademin.nu/worldembroideryday/

minutes to midnight detail

So I would like to celebrate and wish you a wonderful “World Embroidery Day”. Until we speak again – happy stitching!

Footnotes and links:

*The fellow embroiderer I mentioned is: Nicole O’ Loughlin and there is a lovely interview with her on the Fiber Studio’s blog. click here

*Early this year the “Doomsday Clock” reach 2 Minutes to Midnight…the closest ever…you can read more about it here

or visit the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists website… here

*You may download the Embroidery Manifesto here

*For more details about my upcoming solo you can watch this space or contact the gallery 99 Loop, see here

*The photographer of my artwork is Kleinjan Groenewald, you can visit his website here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

another quote from “The Muse”….

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“Don’t let your ability drag you down like an albatross.”

When something is considered “good” it draws people in, often resulting with the eventual destruction of the creator.

So whether you think its good or not should be entirely irrelevant, if you want to carry on..”

Quote from: The Muse by Jessie Burton