The donkeys grew ears

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The donkeys grew ears, 2022, Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 87 x 122 cm framed

I love doing research on donkeys. Donkeys are so rich in symbolism for eg: In the fables of Aesop where donkeys are generally portrayed as stupid and stubborn, to Christianity where the donkey is a symbol of service, suffering, peace and humility. Shakespeare popularized the word Ass, and in Pinocchio there was a section where the coachman and his henchmen turned boys into donkeys.  In the great myth Midas was given the ears of a donkey.

But today I would like to share the proposed dilemma by the Philosopher Jean Buridan (1300-1358) in which a hypothetical donkey suffering from hunger and thirst finds itself halfway between a bucket of fresh water and enjoyable bales of hay.  This makes the donkey perplexed, as it does not know whether to quench its thirst or appease its hunger later or vice versa.  Its indecisiveness leads to its perish.  This allegory could be taken as the cost of human inaction or as the total lack of free will versus determination in human life.” (A Merrifield (2018. The wisdom of Donkeys.  Finding tranquillity in a chaotic world.)

I feel that the above dilemma is perfect for the times we live in. 

But what does having donkey ears mean?  It means an exceptionally long period of time – the phrase likely originated as rhyming slang ears vs years. But having big ears can also mean to be nosy and to listen to other people’s private conversations.

Also did you know that if a donkey does not feel like you’ve alleviated their discomfort, they may escalate their body language to include rapidly swiveling ears which is usually a sign of high anxiety or alertness.

With that said, this work is currently on view at The Gallery Grande Provence for the “True Fall” group exhibition.  I thought it might be fitting since donkeys have that ‘true fall palette” but it also reminded me of the Fall of man (the transition of the first man and woman from a state of innocent obedience to a state of guilty disobedience.

The end.

Available work – November 2019

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Goodmorning!

I’ve had a couple of inquiries about available work, thank you for the interest and continuous support.

See below a list of work and selected galleries where some works are still available….

  1. Everard Read gallery Franschoek  (Phone: 021 876 2446 –https://www.everard-read-franschhoek.co.za/

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

(k)not of snakes 215 x 108 cm cotton thread and rubber 2018

“Catch of the day” 2017 Cotton thread and rubber 112 x 76 cm

2. Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschoek https://www.grandeprovence.co.za

Seisoensverandering 2019

Meisie met varkore aka Self-portrait as a garden gnome

3. Deepest Darkest Art Gallery, Cape Town Phone079 138 4203 https://www.deepestdarkestart.com/hannalie-taute

Little Ogres 2019

Atoms Family

4. 99 Loop gallery, Cape town https://www.artsy.net/show/99-loop-gallery-hannalie-taute-familie-kielie

a selection of mixed media work

Meisie met die los tong 2019

Family Motto 2019

5.  MContemporary Australia https://mcontemp.com/

“Right of admission reserved” Cotton thread and rubber

6.  Millennium gallery, Pretoria https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Art-Gallery/Millennium-Gallery-269876733489843/ 

Installation view of my work in the group exhibition at Millennium gallery

Please contact the above galleries directly for more information about selected works.

I am happy to say that new work will be included in two group exhibitions at the end of this month…stay tuned for more information about that.

Until then, I hope you have a fabulous week. xxx