“I burn better in the dark”

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“I Burn better in the dark” 2017 Cotton thread and rubber (detail)

The title of this work: “I burn better in the dark” comes from the lyrics of a song titled: Happy ending story by Courtney Love (the goddess of grunge).

and it goes like this:

Hey I burn better in the dark
Hey don’t let the light in
Hey it’s pure poison where you are
Hey is that me crying

Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story

Hey for every ending tragedy
Hey I’ll twist your heart out
Hey for every evil ?and I’m lazy?
Hey I’ll tear the sun down

Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story

Oh I swear you’re killin’ me, you’re killin’ me
Oh I swear you’re breakin’ me again
Oh I swear you’re breakin’ me, you’re hauntin’ me
Oh I swear you’re killin’ me again

Hey the quick sands come in bitter ends
Hey is that me crying
Hey the stars crash down, don’t let ’em in
Hey is that me dying

Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story
Hey, tell me your happy ending story
Hey, tell me your happy ending story
Hey, tell me your happy ending story
Come tell me the story
Tell me the happy ending story
Tell me your happy ending story…
Tell me your happy ending story…

This work and more will be hanging out in a group show titled: The Spiritual Grunge Mash-Up Exhibition, at the Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery  in Woodstock Cape Town. The exhibition will open on the 12th of December 2017. For more info contact Zelda Hamilton – zelda.hamilton@gmail.com

 

Thoughts

Art portfolio- my work

“Deep thought” 2017 Cotton thread, rubber and altered page 41 x 34 cm

“What’s so amazing about really deep thoughts? – Tori Amos

“School of thought” 2017 Cotton thread, rubber and altered page 41 x 33 cm

Goldilocks and the 3 cacti

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zuanda-sculpture

I recently completed a commission for a very special lady. Her only request was that the work should be ‘doll’ like. After questioning her about herself, I realised that she love succulents and the colour yellow. She also have beautiful curly blondish hair. And that’s how I decided I’ll do the above piece for her.

After she received the work she sent me this photograph of when she was a little girl:

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Such beautiful yellow dresses! I just love coincidences like these!

Father, I killed my monkey

Art portfolio- my work
"Father, I killed my monkey" 2015 cotton thread, rubber, oil paint and found object

“Father, I killed my monkey” 2015 cotton thread, rubber, oil paint and found object

Sometimes a work is inspired by a title, sometimes a title is inspired by the work.

In this case the work was inspired by the title, and the title was inspired by lyrics from the song called “Bliss” by Tori Amos:

I always wondered what she means by the words: “Father, I killed my monkey”?

To me the monkey represents curiosity and playfulness, so maybe that’s what I’m killing when I am too serious sometimes.