meet the artist part 4 – feelings and flowers

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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?

another quote from “The Muse”….

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“Don’t let your ability drag you down like an albatross.”

When something is considered “good” it draws people in, often resulting with the eventual destruction of the creator.

So whether you think its good or not should be entirely irrelevant, if you want to carry on..”

Quote from: The Muse by Jessie Burton

April Fool

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“April Fool” (Haemanthus cuccineus) 770 x 520 mm 2017 Cotton thread and rubber

“Cinderella went incognito,

and it is said that she had a ball.

It is always midnight in Cognito

By the black clock against the wall…”

-Tom Robbins

Sleeping Beauty overslept

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"Sleeping Beauty overslept" 2016 Cotton thread, doillies and rubber 103 x 74 cm

“Sleeping Beauty overslept” 2016 Cotton thread, doillies and rubber 103 x 74 cm

Good morning!

“Nog 10 slapies”… and then it’s showtime. So I thought since I live in a town also known as the ‘Bay of the Sleeping Beauty” that it’s a good idea to share this image with you. This piece will be exhibited at my next solo exhibition: The Grimm Needle at Fried Contemporary. I hope not to oversleep and miss the opening 😉

Inspiration for this piece came from this:

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on a side note: My Mother-in-law taught me a new stitch, and I tried it on Prince Phillip. Always a challenge to try new stitches on rubber, but it was worth a try…practise, practise, practise.