I have a passionate desire to be part of the art scene, and an alternating desire to pull back, to be insular, private and alone. Sometimes my conflicted feelings extend to my work…
Two of my recent works: “Neighbourhood watch” and “Shit could be worse” are included in an online group exhibition titled: STILL (18 June – 8 July 2020)
STILL is the third in the Everard Read galleries’ series of online group exhibitions. This latest group show compromises works primarily created by invited and gallery artists during lockdown, when most artists didn’t have access to their studios, often having to adjust both their working methods and world views.
STILL references notions of ‘stillness’: from formal still life studies, to a slowing down in quiet contemplation. This exhibition imagines humankind’s resilience and perseverance during an unprecedented time of uncertainty.
STILL presents a variety of responses that explore ephemerality, nostalgia, wistfulness, beauty and order as well as chaos and turbulence. – from the Gallery newsletter
Sanell Aggenbach, Beth Diane Armstrong, Beezy Bailey, Deborah Bell, Kamyar Bineshtarigh, Arabella Caccia, Gail Catlin, Erin Chaplin, Hanien Conradie, Grace da Costa, Corlie de Kock, Ferdi B. Dick, Guy du Toit, Ricky Dyaloyi, Paul Emsley, Kerri Evans, Guy Ferrer, Lee-Ann Heath, Matthew Hindley, Swain Hoogervorst, Liza Grobler, Syndi Kahn, Vusi Khumalo, Teresa Kutala Firmino, Cobus Haupt, Lady Skollie, Daniel Levi, Dylan Lewis, Lorienne Lotz, Paula Louw, Michael MacGarry, Io Makandal, Colbert Mashile, Setlamorago Mashilo, Louise Mason, Diane McLean, Denby Meyer, John Meyer, Elsabe Milandri, Lucinda Mudge, Nigel Mullins, Brett Murray, Daniel Naudé, Blessing Ngobeni, Jo O’Connor, Alessandro Papetti, William Peers, Jaco Roux, Caryn Scrimgeour, Mmakgabo Sebidi, Andre Serfontein, Henk Serfontein, Bambo Sibiya, Skubalisto, Justin Southey, Ben Stanwix, Gary Stephens, Penelope Stutterheime, Rina Stutzer, Hannalie Taute, Angus Taylor, Jan Tshithukhula, Andrzej Urbanski, Shany van den Berg, Peter van Straten, Harold Voigt, Walter Voigt, Elize Vossgätter, Warther Dixon & Barbara Wildenboer
For more information please contact Everard Read Franschoek.
I find peace and solace in the studio when the world is in turmoil. It feels overwhelming just listening to the news, from a locust plague in India, to protests in America and strange “lockdown” regulations in South Africa.
As you know South Africa adjusted the “lockdown” regulations to level 3 from the 1st of June, but I’m still not sure when my solo “A walk in the park” which was meant to open at the end of May at the Arts Association in Pretoria will open, but as soon as I know something I will let you know. In the meantime here are some studio views….
In other studio news….. I would like to say it with flowers:
A dangerous bunch 75 x 71 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2019 at MContemporary gallery
Do(nt) 112 x 85 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2019 2020 at MContemporary gallery
Neighbourhood watch 85 x 75 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2020 at Everard Read Franschoek
Shit “Could be” a lot worse 81 x 71 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2020 at Everard Read Franschoek.
On that note…
Keep safe, and healthy.
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!
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?
Season’s greetings to you and yours!
Thank you for all the encouragement, kind words and support during 2019!
I wish you all a merry festive season.
If you are going away during the December holidays, please travel safe.
See you next year!