working real hard….

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“Before the year was over a great joy was announced.” Work in progress shot

“I was working real hard

To show the world what I could do

Oh I guessed I never dreamed

I’d have to

World spins some photographs

How I love to laugh when the crowd laughs

While love slips through

A theatre that is full

But oh baby when the crowd goes home

and I turn in and realize I’m alone

I can’t believe I had to sacrifice you”

from the book: Just Kids by Patti Smith which I’m currently re-reading and this quote really resonates with me at the moment, and made me want to share it with you.

On page 166 Patti writes that she wrote this for Janis Joplin.

book cover

While I am writing to you about it, I found this cool video too:

Can one work too hard when the work is a part of you?

I took a break for two weeks where I did not go to the studio, since other aspects of studio life needed some attention too, eg: daily and emotional life, admin and research.

The research part I’m starting to really enjoy right now.

Current interests include Family life – Family matters – Family ties – Family Businesses ūüėČ Family secrets and especially

Family Meetings:

Family meeting – work in progress (detail)

Also what does it mean to be a family in this day and age? I am also interested in how fairy tales can be adapted and serve as a tool in family therapy.

So yes, I am continuing further research into fairy tales (a lifelong passion). Fairy tales this time, is also leading me to woodcuts and witches, Hortis Sanitatis and the Dance of Death by Hans Holbein. Sounds random, but I hope to connect all the dots for my upcoming solo at MContemporary gallery next year.

In the meantime,- Let’s celebrate New Beginnings!

You are invited to the opening this coming Sunday:

Please feel free to

Contact the gallery for further information

T: +27 (0)21 876 8630 | E: |

detail from #WTF at Gallery Grande Provence

And last but not least…my work “School of thought” is in good company for the sake of education at Paul Roos Gymnasium in their “See and be seen Art Exhibition and auction:

School of thought 41 x 33 cm paper, cotton thread and rubber (Photographer Kleinjan Groenewald)

The auction lots are split across two bidding platforms.
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Enjoy and best

Persistence of vision…group exhibition-now showing

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Installation view
Fee Fie Fum 2021 122 x 86.5cm
The dogs squeezed so hard that water came out of it 2021 122 x 86.5 cm
The gian’s wife was kind and quietly waited as the feast came to an end 2021 122 x 86.5 cm
gallery view

Our Inherited Dysfunction- opening night

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Nadine Hansen and Hannalie Taute

We had an absolute blast last night at the Hessequa Harmonie festival in Heidelberg, during the opening of our duo exhibition: Our Inherited Dysfunction.

Moi with the love of my life

A big thank you to everyone involved in making this a memorable moment.

Nadine and myself with the organizer of the festival: Niel Rademan
Nadine and myself with Irma Huysamer
With the Mayor Mr Riddles in front of the Hotel where our work can be seen

Nadine and myself will at the Heidelberg hotel tomorrow morning, if you want to join us for a walkabout.

Looking forward to see you there!

Herrie se portret

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…maar wie was/is Herrie?

Die storie rondom Herrie se portret begin by hierdie foto.

maar die meisie skort n masker.

Intussen, na my laaste blogpost, vind ek uit dat CJ Langenhoven en ek op dieselfde dag gebore was (maar net met n skamele 104 jaar verskil tussen ons.) Die internet beskryf hom so:

Considered one of the most versatile writers in¬†Afrikaans, he was a master of the short form of prose and is best remembered for his humorous and¬†satirical¬†works, illustrated by a nonsense-verse “love poem” he wrote for his dog. Langenhoven was well known for his sharp wit and gentle manner. He owned an imaginary elephant named¬†Herrie¬†(“Harry”) that appeared in many of his stories. He even carved its name onto a boulder next to the N12 highway near¬†Meiringspoort¬†(outside¬†Oudtshoorn) in 1929. This boulder known as¬†Herrie’s Stone¬†(“Herrie se Klip”, in¬†Afrikaans), has been declared a provincial heritage site.”

Ek dink ons sou dalk goed oor die weg gekom het;-)

Maar ek moet bieg. Wanneer ek die naam CJ Langenhoven hoor, dink ek nie dadelik aan hom as digter of as die een wat die Stem geskryf het nie, maar ek dink en wonder oor hoe sy ‘imaginary pet’ olifant Herrie sou gelyk het?

Dalk soos n Afrikaner nooi met n masker wat mens laat dink aan Ganesha (alhoewel Ganesha gewoonlik rooi uitgebeeld word), maar blou is mos ook vir meisies;-))

Ook maar goed dat Ganesha onder andere bekend staan as die ‘remover of obstacles

en dit was ook vir my interessant om uit te vind dat die feeste wat gewoonlik gepaart gaan met Ganesha, gewoonlik plaasvind in Augustus/September.

Festivals associated with Ganesh are Ganesh Chaturthi or VinńĀyaka chaturthńę in the¬†ŇõuklapakŠĻ£a¬†(the fourth day of the waxing moon) in the month of¬†Bhadrapada¬†(August/September)

Gepraat van Feeste…..Herrie se portret gaan n debut maak by die Hessequa Harmonie fees vanaf 21-25 September 2021. Ek en mede kunstenaar Nadine Hansen is genooi deur die Hessequa Kuns roete om hierdie jaar n gesamentlike uitstalling aan te bied by die Heidelberg Hotel.

Ek stuur binnekort die uitnodiging.

Groete. Hannalie.

Luckily I don’t suffer from Triskaidekaphobia…

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Triskaidekaphobia = Fear or avoidance of the number 13… I do feel sorry for the Triskaidekaphobia sufferers who also celebrated their birthday on Friday.

I always wondered why 13 is considered unlucky…well here is one explanation:

“According to folklore historian Donald Dossey, the unlucky nature of the number “13” originated with a¬†Norse Myth¬†about 12 gods having a dinner party in¬†Valhalla. The trickster god¬†Loki, who was not invited, arrived as the 13th guest, and arranged for Hoor to shoot Balder¬†with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. Dossey: “Balder died, and the whole Earth got dark. The whole Earth mourned. It was a bad, unlucky day.” This major event in Norse mythology caused the number 13 to be considered unlucky

Thank you for all the birthday wishes! Friday was my lucky day especially because it was the 13th …

work in progress

but I must admit that after 44 years on this planet, I am still wondering:

What I do know is that Alfred Hitchcock was also born on that day, and to quote him:

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”

Alfred Hitchcock

My dear friend Karen (who I know for almost 2 decades now) and I are also very lucky to celebrate our birthdays on the same day.

Ek en Karen 2021

So roll out the red carpet, because we started celebrating a week ago already like two queens of the celestial jungle, who never tire of lavish and exclusive parties. ūüėČ

work in progress

I am also happy to announce that Ronell Pitout was the lucky recipient of the Choc bunny that was a giveaway at the opening of the Thread(ed) exhibition in Pretoria which opened a day after my birthday. I could unfortunately not attend the opening, but I am happy Bunny found a home.

On that note….I will leave you with a quote from Mr Hitchcock:

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”

So until next time my friends, remember: