I am delighted to share the following news with you:
Yes, I am a finalist in the ‘For the love of art competition”! So for those in the Gauteng region – you are welcome to attend the prize giving ceremony tomorrow night at 6pm. Unfortunately I wont be able to attend, but will be there in spirit.
This is the work I entered:
“She’s game/ Sy is n bok vir sports” Embroidery on rubber/inner tube 565 x 390 mm
Now a couple of friends of mine are very anti-art competitions. I’ve had some interesting conversations about this on facebook. This year I decided to go for every opportunity that presents itself – who knows what will come from it.
I read this lovely speech by Marlene Dumas see here.
Although her situation is a bit different because she was presented with this prize and did not enter a competition; I still love her words and insight.
How do you feel about competitions?
“This year is the 150th anniversary of the first telling of Alice in Wonderland. To celebrate this anniversary, Long Street Art Lovers 1932 and Gordon Froud (who has one of the biggest collections of Alice books and objects in South Africa) present an opportunity for artists to revisit their childhood. Remember your favourite chapter or characters from Alice in Wonderland or Alice’s adventures through the looking glass and let your imagination do the rest……” (from the call for participation)
and here is what i did….
Alice in motherland, embroidery on rubber/inner tube and found frame
my inspiration came from page 70 in my copy of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
“So she set the little creature down, and felt quite relieved to see it trot away quietly into the wood. ‘If it had grown up,’ she said to herself, ‘it would have made a dreadfully ugly child’ but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think.’ And she began thinking over other children she knew, who might do very well as pigs, and was just saying to herself, ‘If one only knew the right way to change them-‘”
Happy birthday to Alice and thank you for entertaining kids and pigs alike…..
This exhibition opens on the 3rd of October and run until the 16th of October if you are in the Pretoria area, or visit Long Street Art Lovers 1932’s facebook page for more info.