Apart / A Part – You are invited!

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Note from the curator Laurette de Jager:

“Apart / A part is not intended to explore the banality nor the cliche’ of lockdown art. The intention of this group exhibition is to delve into the human psyche, to explore the longing, the reflection, and the horror of living social distant lives: as artists we almost universally create in isolation. Solitude provides rich and fertile soil for creation, we are no strangers to it. However, what has become apparent over the past few months is an interesting manifestation of the longing of the human psyche for connection. Within the pandemic zeitgeist, three universal themes have emerged as indicators of where the human soul searches for connection. These themes: The Mundane, The Sublime and The Abject, are reflected in the work created by selected invited artists. Within these spheres, we see the reflection of the human condition as it manifests when connections are stretched, severed or temporarily suspended. As the artists submitted work for this exhibition and interesting phenomenon emerged: the themes overlapped, they intermingled, it became a beautiful organic process, completely unplanned. I have come to realize that all of life is essentially a dance on the precipice between the mundane, sublime and abject.”

I was invited by Laurette to submit work for the “Abject” Part of this exhibition…And this was what I proposed:

The brief:

The Abject
But that word, “fear”- a fluid haze an elusive clamminess- no sooner has it cropped up
than it shades off like a mirage and permeates all words of the language with
nonexistence, with a hallucinatory, ghostly glimmer. (Kristeva 1982:6)
The Abject resides where the sublime meets horror, evoking a deep-seated
fear, a dread of the incomprehensible, and the uncanny. The viewer cannot
help but be enthralled by the abject, it is a part of human nature: Kristeva’s
(1982) concept of becoming corpse as ultimate abjection, corresponds to Burke’s
(1844) philosophical enquiry into the sublime in that the sublime essentially evokes
overwhelming feelings of dread and melancholy in its terrifying infinity (De Jager
2019:85).
The pandemic conjured up images of death, and destruction. From the works
of Hieronymus Bosch, Peter Bruegel the Elder and more recently David
Wojnarowicz, these artists grappled with making sense not only of our finitude,
but of death on a grand scale. Artist’s working during the pandemic turned to
the abject as a means of trying to make sense of the horror of global loss. The
selection will refrain from literal masked ( be they gas or surgical masks)
depictions, instead artists who invoke the uncanny, the strange as symbol for
these strange times, will be invited to exhibit works which speaks to horror on
a conceptual and symbolic level.
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Falling Buffalos), 1988-1989

“A violent bunch” Cotton and acrylic thread and rubber 2020
Kaboom! Cotton thread, polyester fiber filling and rubber 2020
BOO-HOO Cotton and acrylic thread and rubber 2020

For more information or to RSVP to the opening, kindly contact the gallery directly.

The haunted stitch

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I am excited to announce my 3rd online studio exhibition.

3rd time lucky 77 x 22 x 8 cm Cotton thread, batting and rubber 2020
With arms wide open 38 x 24 x 9 cm Cotton thread, batting and rubber 2020

Something old, something new. Yes, some of the works you might recognize form previous exhibitions, and some works were destined for Australia, but alas, shipment was an issue…. but they still wanted to be shown. So I am happy to present these 13 (yes, it’s my lucky nr) works as part of

The Haunted Stitch

A dangerous bunch 74 x 74 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2019/2020

I actually wanted to launch this online exhibition yesterday, – between All Hallows eve and today : Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) which is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, and while I’m not of Mexican decent, I do love how Mexicans view it not as a day of sadness but as a day of celebration.

I was not able to launch it yesterday since I was not close to my desktop. Grandma is currently visiting so we took her for a day out. Today we will celebrate the life of our dear Grandfather (her late husband) who passed away earlier this year.

But without further adieu:

Blah blah blah 67 x 55 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2020

Dear fellow bloggers, art patrons and friends, here is the link containing the full list with images and details of the 13 pieces which forms part of ‘The Haunted stitch”. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1e6dYIFMTj3zihZTOftnsW2NTdA4e0Fj6

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Childhood ghosts 68 x 19 x 8 cm Cotton thread, batting and rubber, 2020

I wish you a lovely Día de Muertos.

“Stop the rot, keep moving”

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Its been a while since I wrote to you, but October was a wonderful, intense, creative, and thankfully productive month for me, and I hope for you too?!

I am pleased to announce that I finished the commission which occupied most of my time in the studio. I am really chuffed that I finished it on the time I set aside for it. My self-imposed ‘deadline’ was for the end of October. I allowed myself to focus on it for two months. I need deadlines (but is there not perhaps a better word for it, since deadline sounds so final) ;-P

“You are born, you die, and the rest is just marking time.” (James Joyce)

I had the pleasure of having Kleinjan Groenewald over for a photo shoot yesterday! I will share some photos from this shoot over the next couple of months!

I was also introduced to Ike in October. His owner says that he always smile for the camera:

he was the inspiration for a new “family member” – The Good Boy!

The Good Boy

And he is off to join the rest of the clan in this collectors home:

Other news is that I had to get reading glasses/goggles/spectacles! I was diagnosed with PRESBYOPIA which is just a fancy Greek word meaning: “Old and eye.” “Presbyopia is the name given to the condition of the sight which develops as a natural senile change” (quoted from an encyclopedia) I was so stressed out about my appointment with the Optometrist, but I am glad I went, since now I can enjoy reading again. I am just curious why most of the frames for glasses are made out of plastic! eek! Anyway I am celebrating by reading a book I found in the library: “The secret dairy of Hendrik Groen 83 1/4 Years old”

“Biologically speaking you become superfluous on your fortieth birthday or thereabouts. Since the children are born by then, approaching self sufficiency. That is when slowly but surely the rot starts to set in with hair loss and reading glasses. On a cellular level too things start going wrong. You have more and more errors of division and multiplication. A slowing metabolism leads to a weaker nervous system which also makes the mind to weaken. One thing is clear: “Use it or lose it” from the book …..

I really enjoy spending time with Hendrik Groen. Like him I also “rarely say what i want to say. I tend to choose the path of least confrontation. My specialty: wanting to please everybody.”

In other news:

I painted the wall in my studio a dark grey, in preparation for my next ‘Studio exhibition: The Haunted Stitch” coming soon…watch this space. 😉

I will also be participating an a group show in November…more about this a bit later:

Other news: Feel free to visit the stockroom at MContemporary gallery for some available work, or feel free to send me a message:

Until we speak again….”Stop the rot, keep moving” Hendrik Groen

October 2020 studio news

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I don’t know about you, but September was really testing my patience. I had a hard time with the South African postal services trying to send work overseas, which in the end didn’t reach is destination. So better luck next time. But October is here and promises to be a busy month as well as a beautiful one!

Peach blossoms in our garden

I am excited to announce that I started working on a commission last month and it is progressing slowly but surely:

Yep, that’s me (wearing a wig as usual) in front of the work just to give you an indication of the size!

The only request from the patron is that “Size matters!”

That’s when I decided that it will be the title of the work as well. 😉

note to self

So dear friends due to this commission, I will not be hosting a studio exhibition this month, but I do have those works that didn’t leave the country, available directly from my studio, until the 10th of October. If you’d like to receive a pdf file, let me know via email: hannalie.t@gmail.com.

Studio shot with a work titled: Love is in the air

Until we speak again….. xxx

Special days

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What makes a day special? How many special days are in a year? Someone once said that: “Every day is a gift. But some days are packaged better.” Well there seems to be a special day for just about everything these days, because, hey why not?! I am sure you can find a special day for everyday depending on your interests. How about Read in a bathtub day? or Earth day, also Spring Equinox which is tomorrow (is that the actual first day of Spring?), or Heritage day (which is coming up for South Africa on the 24th.) Apparently, according to some sources it is also Batman day today!

Happy Batman day!

If you are looking for more special days to celebrate, then there is a website called ‘daysoftheyear.com. I saw there that today is also “International day of Peace” and “Escapology day”, and on this day in 2025 it will be “World Gratitude day.” But today I am grateful for something else. Today is the anniversary of our Wedding day:

We are celebrating the decision to spend for the past 18 years a LOT of time together.

Quote of the day found on the internet #foklore #oldfarmersalmanac

Do you have a special day/days? I would like to know. But for now I will leave you with:

“Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery,
and today is a gift…
that’s why they call it present”
― Master Oogway