Synchronos

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Goodmorning!

I hope you are having a lovely Festive season so far!

Now showing at Knysna Fine Art gallery: The group exhibition Synchronos

Installation view at Knysna Fine Art

“Eerder bang Jan as dooie Jan” 2019 (Altered vintage photograph, lace, cotton thread and rubber)

Installation view courtesy of the gallery

“Lovebirds” 2019 (Altered vintage photograph, cotton thread and rubber)

Installation view courtesy of the gallery

“Hy is met die helm gebore” 2019 (Altered vintage photograph, cotton thread and rubber)

 

Domestic Craft…a story….

Art portfolio- my work, Studio news

In Some circles the word ‘craft’ often invoke a

“Hare-raising” 300 x 200 x 80 mm Cotton thread and rubber 2019

“hare-raising” feeling.

So usually in order for a work to be seen as “Art” it has to “Earn it’s stripes”.

Earn your stripes, 440 x 250 x 100mm Cotton thread and rubber

Seven years ago I stopped “Horsing around”…

“Horsing around” 350 x 180 x 80mm Cotton thread and rubber 2019

with different mediums/art materials and focused on embroidery and rubber.

I am not a….

“Fly by night” 280 x 180 x 80mm Cotton thread and rubber 2019

“Fly by night” artist, and the process is slow and sometimes painful, but as the saying goes:

“Slothliness is next to Godliness”.

“Slothliness is next to Godliness” 310 x 180 x 80mm Cotton thread and rubber 2019

The end.

The group exhibition “Domestic Craft” curated by Nicole O’ Loughlin runs until the 22nd of December. So if you are in Tasmania, feel free to visit the Rosny Farm, where you can also grab a catalogue:

 

 

 

I do, I undo, I redo and repeat…

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“I do, I undo, I redo” is one of my favorite quotes by Louise Bourgeois, because it is so relevant to my practice lately.

The same artist also said the following in a documentary about her work:

“It’s difficult to be a woman and to be like-able. This desire to be like-able…its really a pain in the neck.  How are you going to be like-able and be yourself? There are doubts. I’m full of doubts”

studio shot, work in progress

Before my son took these photos, we had a nice chat about my work. He said he kind of like it, but it is a bit strange….(mmm coming from an eleven year old boy who likes zombies etc), but he explained that flowers coming from vaginas and images where it looks like I’m ripping my rib-cage open with a skull as head, qualifies to him as ‘weird’. He also added that he hope people will “like” my work.

I realize that to him at this stage of his life it is very important to be liked and to ‘fit’ in with his peers. How do I explain to him that as an artist I’ve grown a thick skin and that to me being liked is not as important as to do what I like?

Someone also told me some time ago that they “like” my work but will not be able to live with it in their home. Which I understand and accept, but in this day and age where everyone on social media wants a bunch of likes and for a boy dreaming about a Playstation VR headset which he hopes he can get when I sell lots and lots of work…it is not so easy to comprehend.

studio shot 2

So I will leave you with this quote I saw on the internet recently:

“your art

is not about how many people

like your work

your art

is about

if your heart likes your work

if our soul likes your work

it’s about how honest

you are with yourself

and you

must never

trade honesty

for relatability

  • rupi kaur

 

Remember, remember it’s November!….

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Yip, can you believe it! November is here already!

This month started on a high note, with lots of celebrations during the past weekend:

work in progress….

from Halloween, All Saint’s day, The day of the Dead and of course the Rugby World Cup.

I find it fascinating how sport can unite a Nation like it did this weekend.

“Sy is n bok vir sports/ She’s game” 2014 Cotton thread, batting and rubber (Private Collection)

Anyway from sport and celebrations to studio news….As you can see from “She’s game”, my fascination with hybrids comes a long way.

Talking about hybrids….

“Earn your stripes” 2019 Cotton thread, batting and rubber

…a vigor of hybrids, like “Earn your stripes” made their way to Tasmania and will be included in a group exhibition opening at the end of November, curated by Nicole O’Loughlin. I will post more info about this soon.

Also:

“Lovebirds” detail embroidered rubber, altered vintage photo 2019

This little bird, her lover and friends are heading off to Knysna for a group exhibition late November… watch this space 😉

I wish you a marvelous week ahead.

Until next time. xxx