Final days for the donkeys

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It is the final week to see True Fall, a group exhibition at Gallery Grande Provence.

for those of you who cannot make it to Franschoek, here is an installation view courtesy of the gallery

alternatively please pop in and say hi to “The donkeys grew ears”

Little did I know while I was working on this piece that donkeys will be in the news this months due to the “illegal donkey skin trade” and I quote:

“International organisation The Donkey Sanctuary said donkeys have become the most trafficked animal in the world, with more than two million slaughtered for their skins every year.”

https://www.news24.com/witness/news/kzn/donkeys-named-one-of-the-most-trafficked-animals-in-the-world-20220518

I don’t want to end this post on such a sad note, so I thought I will share some of the lyrics from a song we used to sing when I was little:

O die donkie, ja die donkie
Die donkie is ‘n wonderlike ding
Die donkie is ‘n bielie hy’s ‘n boetie van ‘n muil
Sien die een die ander dan begin hy sommer huil ja die donkie

O die donkie
Die donkie is ‘n wonderlike ding
Hy rol in die sand en hy vreet ‘n koerant o die donkie is ‘n wonderlike ding

song by Chris Blignaut

to translate:

  • Oh the donkey, yes the donkey
  • The donkey is a wonderful thing
  • The donkey is a bitch he is a brother of a mule
  • See each other then he just starts crying yes the donkey
  • Oh the donkey
  • The donkey is a wonderful thing
  • He rolls in the sand and he eats a newspaper oh the donkey is a wonderful thing

So yes, I feel like eating the newspaper report to wipe out the sad news about the donkeys.

Anyway for more details about this work feel free to contact the gallery at Grande Provence

Take care and keep well. xxx

Available work at Everard Read gallery Franschoek

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This piece dates back to 2017, when I started hearing about the oceans warming up and coral reefs dying.

Now in 2022, according NASA “…​Yes, the ocean is continuing to warm. … To date, the ocean contains 90 percent of the heat from human-induced global warming, and the year 2020 was the warmest ever measured for the global ocean.

And today I heard about the sewage problem at the coast of Kwazulu-Natal and I hang my head in shame on behalf of the human race.

https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/kwazulu-natal/watch-raw-sewage-remains-an-unsolved-problem-in-the-durban-harbour-as-the-ethekwini-municipality-faces-a-sewage-crisis-f3316e19-1cd2-44e5-aee3-af83c00b0c21

This is not acceptable, and it makes me extremely sad and mad.

On that note I present to you: “IN WARM WATER” which I should probably rename to : ‘IN HOT WATER’ because by the looks of it we ARE IN TROUBLE’.

“In warm water” 2017 Cotton thread, doillies, and rubber 63 x 128 cm
framed
detail
detail

For more info contact by Telephone: 021 876 2446

or email: fgallery@everard.co.za

or visit the gallery via website https://everard-read-franschhoek.co.za/

or irl 20 Huguenot St, Franschhoek, 7690

Yarn…

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I am delighted to inform you that I am participating alongside some amazing artists in a group exhibition titled: “Yarn” which opened on Sunday the 21st at IS Art in Franschoek, Western Cape, South Africa. If you missed the opening, don’t despair, the exhibition runs until the 11th of November 2018.

The sheep that ate her flower 33 x 40 cm paper, cotton thread and rubber

the sheep ate her flower detail

and for those who cannot make it to South Africa to see the show, here is some more images of my work for this exhibition:

Mary’s gold – embroidered rubber

Mary’s gold detail

and since I could not attend the opening as well…I hope to share some installation images as soon as I receive them from the gallery…but until then…

Sacred heart

Sacred heart detail

Feel free to contact the gallery directly for more information:

IS ART at 11 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa, 7690

CONTACT

IS ART

021 876 2071

*photographs of my work courtesy of Kleinjan Groenewald