“The exhibition explores womxn through the work of local artists, either engaging directly with thread, fiber or textile as a medium of expression, or indirectly by referring to the connotations brought forth by the ideas associated with the exhibition title. Loaded with gender connotations and power hierarchies, fiber-based handicrafts such as crochet, embroidery, knitting, macrame, quilting, sewing, or other media referencing ideas and associations to threads provide a fitting platform to examine the roles and representations within and round womxn in our society.” (note from the curators)
Whew, July was a strange month: from billionaires in space, to looting in South Africa and more close to home = a broken appliances as well as a traffic fine. Let’s hope August will be peaceful, calm, and things working out without rushing;-)
August is my birthday month and I am happy to say that some of my older work will be included in an upcoming exhibition which opens on the same day as my birthday! In celebration I will be giving away this ‘Chocolate bunny” from this exhibition to one lucky person.
This group exhibition is called: Thread(ed): Interlacing womxn in the 21st century, to be held at the Association of Arts, Pretoria from 13 August – 4 September 2021
More details to follow later
But here is a sneak peek:
I watched a beautiful movie on Netflix called: It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, which was inspired by an article featured in Esquire about Mr Rogers. After I watched the movie, I read the article, and I would like to share the following quote which really moved me with you:
Anyway, back to studio news:
The KKNK festival virtual exhibition Amplifica is still showing until the end of August. Here is a short video featuring the curator Dineke van der Walt talking about it:
and here is a video we made in my studio with the works in question:
That’s a wrap for now. Keep calm and keep warm until next time….
The words: “Blah Blah Blah” embroidered onto the vase was initially inspired by the title of a song performed by Dutch DJ and record producer Armin van Buuren. For Taute music in particular is not just a muse but also a thread that binds humanity together. With that said: the word Blah also refers to that feeling of an expression of mild frustration; and also when you are having the “blahs”, refers to a feeling of physical uneasiness, general discomfort, or mild depression. So please don’t let the threads that bind us give you the “blahs” (from my artist statement)
For more information about this piece or the group exhibition please contact the gallery.
I am happy to announce that my work “Change of plans” have been selected to be part of this exciting group exhibition at the Jan Rupert Art Centre in Graaff-Reinet!
CHANGE OF PLANS
In response to the work by Michele Nigrini, I present to you a floral bouquet which consists out of individual flowers and objects (raging from a self-portrait as baby, to a portrait of my mother on her wedding day as well as a skull and the cosmos in the bust of a pregnant figure) embroidered in cotton and acrylic thread onto discarded inner tubes (rubber). These embroideries are then arranged and assembled into a bouquet.
Like Nigrini I was first and foremost inspired by toys and incorporated that for a long time in my art making, it is only much later that I turned my focus to botanicals. That is why I really responded to this quote found on your website:
Remember that a picture – before being a warhorse, a nude woman, or some anecdote – is essentially a plane surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order – Maurice Denis
And that is exactly what happened, the re-arrangement of embroidered to resemble order.
You will also notice that I often incorporate skulls or bones in my work, since they often have a moral purpose, and symbolize mortality and ephemerality and reminds us of the fleeting pleasures of life. Skulls also represent inner contemplation, eternity and life.
Flowers have not been a favourite subject matter for me until I realized the possibility of their meaning and because they reflect my interest in science and the natural world especially during this time of the pandemic. The title of the work refers to us being able to adapt to sudden changes and that it is okay to have a ‘Change of plan(s)”
The work depicts moments in time – capturing instances in which a non-traditional medium (in this case rubber) undergo a violent process of change. The juxtaposition of delicate cotton thread with industrial discarded inner tubes are highlighted by embroidering items that can decay, such as flowers and flesh, with moments of violent disruption. The resulting organized chaos resembles our daily lives and external influences.
“A change of plans” along with others will be in conversation with “Colour Sympony by Michele Nigrini: You can read more about it here: