Studio news April 2020

Studio news/blog

Day 5 Lock-down in South-Africa. End of the month Studio-newsletter time!

I hope you are doing fine and well under the current circumstances.

I’ve been keeping busy in the kitchen, riding bicycle with my boys= round and around the house, reading articles, stitching a little bit and trying to stay informed. What have you been up to?

During the monhts pre-corona, I’ve been preparing for the “Wild, Wild Life exhibition curated by Alex Hamilton to be hosted by the Gallery Glen Carlou.  It was supposed to open on the 5th of April 2020, but the opening (virtual or otherwise) have been delayed until after lock-down.  I will keep you posted, but you are welcome to request a digital catalogue from: zelda.hamilton@gmail.com!

Lost, 800 x 600 mm cotton thread and rubber 2019 Hannalie Taute

In the meantime I am preparing for a solo exhibition, titled: “A walk in the park”. at the Pretoria Art Association.  It is scheduled to open on the 29th of May 2020. That is if all goes well. Stay tuned for news on that.

“Walk in the Park” works in progress

On another note….

Karen Zoid is hosting another Art Auction on her Facebook-page…right now!!!!

Check it out if you can!

Much love…

Stay safe everyone!

Untitled (Saint)

Art portfolio- my work

(Untitled) Saint 1110 x 700 mm Cotton thread, fabric and rubber (my work photographed by Kleinjan Groenewald)

“It is ingrained in all living creatures, first of all, to preserve their own safety, to guard against what is harmful and to strive for what is advantageous.”

-Saint Ambrose

detail

“Patience is the companion of wisdom” Saint Augustine

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Reminder and Q&A…

Art portfolio- my work

Goodmorning!

Just a quick reminder – my solo exhibition opens Tonight at MContemporary gallery – Sydney Australia!

Since I cannot be there, I decided to share the Quickfire 11 questions in visual form via the gallery:

To read the full interview please visit the following link:

https://mcontemp.com/news/hannalie-tautes-story-meet-the-artist-series/

meet the artist part 4 – feelings and flowers

Art portfolio- my work, Studio news/blog

Dear friends the other day I was sitting at my son’s cricket practice at school, stitching a couple of leaves and another mom asked me what I am doing. I tried to explain my work to her and had a hard time doing so.  Even when I know exactly what I should have said, I struggled to make her understand without showing any images.

So to practice I decided to write about it here. This is part 4 of 13….

I love contradictions.  Dichotomies fascinate me for eg:  Art/Craft, Success/Failure, good/bad, pure/sullied, masculine/feminine, self/other, nature/culture, life/death, human/divine, sacred/profane … and the list goes on…

I have a lot of conflicted feelings about the world we live in and sometimes those feelings extend to my work.

These days I mainly stitch flowers. A couple of years ago if you told me that I would stitch flowers, I would have said: No way Jose!

Hannalie Taute studio wall photographed by Kleinjan Groenewald 2020

If I think back now, I guess it started with marigolds for my Stink Afrikaner exhibition in 2016.

I am fascinated by the idea that flowers can be seen as a language of sorts. (see floragraphy) and that it can be used as a symbol for emotions or a code.  Inspired by codes, I learned about the Voynich Manuscript which in turn inspired me to embroider real as well as imaginary flowers.  The Victorians used flowers to send ‘secret’ messages.

I find joy in the process of stitching a variety of blooms on small pieces of rubber and then later arrange them in bouquet-like pieces.  Almost like building a puzzle.  And then of course there are the contradiction of stitching flowers onto rubber, which i like.  It is also an ode to my mother, to a time when she was a florist, but at that stage I didn’t pay attention to her creations, partly because i was too young i guess.

What is your favorite flower?