The weather, Mona Lisa and other musings

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Its a beautiful rainy day here at the foot of the Sleeping Beauty mountain range in the Hessequa area. Rainy days are perfect for reading. I am currently reading this book:

I feel as if I should warn you: it is a depressing read (well so far anyway, don’t know how its going to end), but I found the following story about the Mona Lisa in it which I would like to share with you today:

“Vincenzo Peruggia had been hired by the Louvre to construct protective glass cases for a number of paintings. On the evening of August 20, 1911 he and two accomplices hid inside a closet used for storing student art supplies. When they emerged the next morning, Peruggia went straight to the Mona Lisa, removed it from the wall, and carried it out the museum’s main entrance.

At the time, the Mona Lisa wasn’t widely known outside the art world’ it was not the most famous work in its gallery, much less the museum. It took twenty-four hours before the painting’s absence was even noticed. But once it drew the attention of the burgeoning print media, the theft became international intrigue, and the Mona Lisa, now referred to as a masterpiece, became the most famous paining in the world. When the Louvre reopened, after a week of being closed for investigation, queues formed outside for the fist time in the museum’s history. In the two years between the painting’s theft and return, more people came to see the bare wall on which it had hung – “the mark of shame’ – than had ever come to see the paining.

Franz Kafka paid the empty wall a visit within a month of the painting’s disappearance, the absence now among his collection of ‘invisible curiosities’ – sights, events, people, and works of art that he had missed seeing. The following year, perhaps inspired by the experience, Kafka wrote his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis’, in which a man awakes one morning as an insect, his perspective radically altered, and his body – his first home – no longer hospitable.

The fame of the painting has only increased with time – or perhaps it’s more correct to say that the fame of the fame of the painting has increased. People want to see the Mona Lisa because other people want to see the Mona Lisa. The Louvre estimates that 80 percent of those who visit the museum come to see only that one work. It now resides behind 1.52 -inch-thick bulletproof glass. While the purpose of the glass is to protect the world’s most valuable paining , the effect is to enhance our sense of its value and vulnerability. When we look at the Mona Lisa, the bulletproof glass also serves as a corrective lens.”

This story makes me sad. Not because the Mona Lisa was stolen, or that she became famous because she was stolen, It makes me sad because…you know: humans! How does this story make you feel?

Anyway while on the subject of stories, art and books….I was delighted to find out from a fellow artist (who also send me the images. Thanks Barbara!) that an essay was written about my work for a book published in conjunction with the Also Know As Africa Art Fair! (AKAA Art Fair in Paris 2022)

I feel honored and am grateful for the validation.

I just wish that the gallery who represented me in Paris at the fair, bought a copy of this book back to S.A for me, but apparently they were promised 3 copies, and are following up on this.

So on the subject of “Quality of Movement.s” …chin up and keep on moving! Wishing you a wonderful day.

The Art of Love – installation images

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The Art of Love exhibition runs until the end of March, unfortunately I could not attend the opening, and if you are unable like myself to visit the gallery, herewith some installation images courtesy of Stilbaai Galery:

Feel free to contact myself or the gallery at to receive a digital catalogue.

Summer group show at MContemporary

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I am delighted to have some new work included in the summer group show opening tomorrow, 13 December at .MContemporary in Sydney, Australia. You are welcome to join them for end of the year celebrations, but please note that RSVP is essential. Visit the gallery website to find out more or to view the exhibition online in case you cannot make it 😉

in the meantime, ‘the King And The Witch Awaited Their Wedding Day’

The King and the witch awaited their wedding day 2022 Cabinet card, thread and rubber mounted on board size 38.5 x 32 cm
The orange fairy 2022 Cabinet card, thread and rubber mounted on board size 38.5 x 32 cm

meanwhile ‘the Orange fairy’

The two wicked giants helped in the kitchen 2022 Cabinet card, thread and rubber mounted on board size 38.5 x 32 cm

and ‘the two Wicked giants helped in the kitchen.’ while ‘I was magically fooled’.

I was magically fooled 2022 Vintage photo, thread and rubber mounted on board size 38.5 x 32 cm

by ‘the princess and her cat’

The princess and the cat 2022 38.5 x 32 cm Vintage photo, thread and rubber

she was….’This lovely princess was a dog.’

this lovely princess was a dog 2022 Vintage photo, thread and rubber mounted on board size 38.5 x 32 cm

Shocked…. ‘The King and Queen fell asleep’

The King and the Queen fell asleep 2022 Vintage photograph, thread and rubber mounted on board size 400 x 500 mm (SOLD)

and ‘the puppets lived happily ever after’

The puppets lived happily ever after 2022 Cabinet card, thread and rubber

The end.

p.s i hoped you enjoyed the ‘on the spot, unplanned, fun little silly short story’ if you read between the photos…just for fun, and also because I love to experiment with the titles.


I also want to wish you and your loved ones a peaceful & wonderful festive season, happy holidays or calm stay-cations – whatever and however this season brings you joy. Thank you for reading my posts as well as the support and feedback. Much appreciated.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness for 2023! I look forward meeting you here again in January.

Take care


Thank you Paris!

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Installation view Booth B12 with Deepest Darkest Gallery

A huge thank you to Deepest Darkest Art Gallery for representing my work at the AKAA (Also Known As Africa) Art Fair in Paris, France!

Clear skies in Paris

Also a big thank you to everyone who visited the booth and responded to my work! Much appreciated.

Image courtesy of the gallery
image courtesy of the gallery
Installation view Image courtesy of the gallery
Deon Redman From Deepest Darkest Gallery talking about my work at the AKAA art fair

All images courtesy of the gallery

Sydney Contemporary 2022

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I am happy to announce that “A nice friendly giant proudly walked into the forest” will be on exhibition with MContemporary gallery booth H06 at this year’s Sydney Contemporary Art Fair!

Installation view at the fair courtesy of the gallery

for more info please email or visit the Giant at the gallery booth during the fair.

Hannalie Taute A nice friendly giant proudly walked into the forest (family friendly) 119 x 84 cm Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 2021