A group of South-African Artists from conceptual Art, Design and Craft disciplines were invited to exhibit together. The exhibition explores instances where the boundaries between art, design and craft flow into one another. It focuses on artists who reinvent traditional techniques of “crafts” like embroidery, bead-work, weaving, carpentry and paper cutting. It also explores the meaning and importance of craftsmanship in contemporary art practices.
I decided to submit ‘self-/portraits’ for this exhibition since portraiture is a very old art form and was probably pioneered by the Egyptians and the Greeks, but in the Middle-ages Self-portraiture was a starting point because it was an age preoccupied by personal salvation and self-scrutiny.
Today self-portraits flood the internet and children in school are required to make them.
I am using a traditional craft technique= embroidery, in conjunction with the age old art-form of portraits onto an unconventional material =rubber.
Upon closer inspection, you will also notice that there is a difference in the way the “rubber canvas” (so to speak) of all 3 portraits were prepared:
In the piece titled: “Safe”
the rubber canvas consists of tiny hexagon rubber shapes which were stitched together by hand to form the basis of this work.
detail of the work titled “Safe”
“I’ll be watching you” cotton thread, rubber, batting and wood (photo Alex Hamilton)
In the piece above “I’ll be watching you” you’ll notice that once piece of a big tractor inner tube were used;
and in the piece below “Don’t make waves”, rubber squares were stitched together with an industrial sewing machine to form the ‘rubber-canvas’
Don’t make waves 54 x 35 cm Cotton thread, batting, rubber and wood – framed (Photographer Kleinjan Groenewald) 2017
Anyway, so if you are in the Bloemfontein area, feel free to pop in at the Flux group exhibition xxx
Pre-exhibition playing dress-up on a friends farm with the ‘outfit’ I wanted to wear to the opening of the Grimm Needle exhibition.
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth” Oscar Wilde
One day I hope to add some embroidery on the dress.
Photographer: Anli Botha
Dr. Plague rubber mask made by : Anli Botha
Hooped rubber skirt made by: William Mills
A Monumental Moment. Cotton tread and rubber. 171 x 127.5 cm
This work is inspired by the sculpture of Anton van Wouw which also featured on the cover of the magazine called “Die Boerevrou”(March 1919).
I looked at his sculpture while pondering my thoughts on being an “Afrikaner-meisie”.
I personally don’t like how the female “Boerevrou” figure is standing because she looks so demure and I always thought of Afrikaner women as strong; especially since they had to travel great distances in harsh and difficult circumstances (Die Groot Trek).
So I did a bit of research and found that women back in the day were not happy with his work since they believed that the “Voortrekker kappie’ depicted was not like the ones Afrikaner women wore in South Africa ….and much later when feminism reached South Africa women were upset because in the poem by JF Cilliers that featured underneath this work by van Wouw which ended with the words: “Ik sien haar win, want haar naam is – Vrouw en moeder”…and the feminist said that not all women are mothers.
That was when I decided to embroider myself in the nude sitting on the steps of this ‘monument’ with my back turned away from the ‘Boerevrou’…trying to redefine myself.
I am happy to announce that this work will be at this years FNB Joburg Art Fair (from 11- 13 September 2015); at the Everard Read gallery JHB booth. (photo courtesy Knysna Fine Art gallery)
This will be the first time my work will be exhibited at this art fair. Is this a monumental moment for my career, she wonders?
“Once upon a time”….I received a lovely monster-like toy as a gift from a friend. One day the children and myself decided to use it’s hands for our scarecrow. The rest of it’s “body” became a source of inspiration for this work:
“Genetically modified” embroidery on rubber and found objects, 2014
“This product may contain genetically modified ingredients”
I am starting to see the above words on a lot of products in the Supermarkets. It scares me, probably because I know so little about genetic modification. So I’ve started to read some articles on the internet, but that in itself is problematic, because some say “stay away, these products that contain genetically modified ingredients may cause cancer” etc. and others say there is no need to worry.
As a mother I worry about what my kids consume. A certain packet of chips also contain this warning on it’s label, but the problem is that at every kiddies party there are these chips, or even at the school tuck shop. So should I tell them to never eat it, or should I follow my mother’s advice of “everything in moderation is okay”?
While I’m still trying to figure this out I decided to pull the ‘monster’ over my head:
Will I change into some kind of monster when I consume enough genetically modified products?
If you know of any articles that might be worthwhile to read on this matter, please would you share it with me?