meet the artist part 7 – working with rubber

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Artist photographed by KleinJan Groenewald 2020

Rubber is a very tactile substance and I love the skin-like quality of it, which can be highly fetishized.

It also distances my work from the perceived softness or delicacy of ‘women’s work’ to become the opposite – hard labor.

Working with rubber is like fusing two seemingly irreconcilable material forms together along with their associated symbolic values.

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Thank you for reading my ‘meet the artist’ posts during this month, reaching the half way mark today. I wish you a lovely Valentines day. xxx

 

 

Her dark side/Fetish…

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“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth” Oscar Wilde

Her dark side/Fetish 2015/6 Cotton thread, batting and rubber 140 x 98 cm

Her dark side/Fetish 2015/6 Cotton thread, batting and rubber 140 x 98 cm

This used to be the piece: Kopsku, which I’ve reworked for an upcoming exhibition.

I’ve added an “African mask”-

In most traditional African cultures, the person who wears a ritual mask conceptually loses his or her human identity and turns into the spirit represented by the mask itself.[3] This transformation of the mask wearer into a spirit usually relies on other practices, such as specific types of music and dance, or ritual costumes that contribute to conceal the mask-wearer’s human identity. The mask wearer thus becomes a sort of medium that allows for a dialogue between the community and the spirits (usually those of the dead or nature-related spirits). Wikipedia