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Detail of work: "Tamed" Embroidery on rubber, 2014 (photo courtesy of the curator Alex Hamilton)

Detail of work: “Tamed” Embroidery on rubber, 2014 (photo courtesy of the curator Alex Hamilton)

While working on ‘Tamed” I thought a lot about the book: The little prince”:  “Come and play with me,’ suggested the little prince.  ‘I am so terribly sad…”  “I cannot play with you’ said the fox.  “I am not tame.”

‘What does tame mean?”

“It is something that is too often forgotten, “said the fox. “It means to establish ties…”

But before I quote the whole chapter where tamed are being written about – I will end of with this:

“The little prince went off to look at the roses again.  “None of you is at all like my rose.  As yet you are nothing,” he said to them.  ‘Nobody has tamed you and you have tamed no one.  You are like my fox when I first encountered him.  He was just a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes.  But I made him my friend and now he is unique in the world….”

This work among others will be exhibited at the Prince Albert Art Festival (PArt) in September 2014.  It will be part of the group show: Flippen Vlambaar/Freakin’ Flammable curated by Alex Hamilton.  This show will include work of a variety of amazing artists….will tell you more closer to the time.  I’m looking forward to be in such good company.

PArt- part 4

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Sunday was a very intense day.  I had a very personal conversation with a dear lady visitor, and I think our paths will cross again in the near future.

We went to see some video work by William Kentridge: (Drawing lessons- episode 1, Lessons in Lethargy and Drawing lesson 37.)  These moved me to tears.

Some wishes do come true and I was very fortunate to meet the man himself :

I received this wonderful gift form Mrs du Bois:

And by 5pm we departed back home via the Meiringspoort pass….

Safely back at home I received a lovely message from a dear friend with the following quote to end off a great weekend:

“If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”

John Steinbeck



PArt- Part3

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On Saturday I started to feel a bit emotionally unstable.  My mother in law phoned and said that Friday was a very bad day health wise for our little one.  You see I made the huge mistake of taking him for his booster measles vaccination on Tuesday.  Never before did he show any reaction to vaccinations and they told me that if he does show any signs of fever etc, that it will normally pass by the third day.  Not this time.  (Note to self- never vaccinate before we plan to go away on a ‘romantic/business’ weekend again!)

People starting to ask if there have been any sales yet- it seems that success is measured with the amount of sales, never mind the experience and knowledge one gains along the way.

Some one wrote in my visitors book: ‘Jammer!! Dit wys jou verhouding met jou ma was verkeerd” (loosely translated: Sorry, it shows that your relationship with your mom was wrong” ) What this anonymous person didn’t know is that she perhaps saw deeper into the work than most. – I didn’t have a relationship with my mom since she died in a car crash when I was 18 (during the height of my rebellious phase).  But the work was not really about ‘us’.

I had a conversation with very interesting individuals today who told me that my ‘Toys’ reminds them of the work of Gerhard Quenum.  I told them I will have to look him up and oh boy! I am glad I did!  I feel like I have known this person in a previous life.

Gerhard Quenum

Gerhard Quenum

Gerhard Quenum


Later the evening we went to a talk by the artist JP Meyer

JP Meyer

“Preserved sharks and unmade beds” was the title of the talk.  Very entertaining and insightful.  For the firs time I heard about the wonderful sculptor  Jason Taylor.

Jason Taylor

La Evolución Silenciosa is the largest underwater collection of art. It was installed in November 2010 and consists of 403 life-size cement people standing side by side on a barren patch of sand. Taylors designs encompass both contemporary and Mayan historical narratives forming the building blocks which develop into a complex artificial reef for aquatic life to inhabit.[33] While the appearance of the collection underwater is of a crowd of people, from a distance it take the shape of an eye.[1] The collection occupies over 420 square meters of barren ocean floor and the location is hoped to redirect visitors away from nearby natural reefs providing them with the opportunity to regenerate.[30]

In an interview with USA today, Taylor comments on the progression of his work alongside nature, “The coral applies the paint. The fish supply the atmosphere. The water provides the mood. People ask me when it’s going to be finished. This is just the beginning”.[6] The Museum has recently been voted by Forbes corporation as one of the world’s most unique places to visit.[34]

From Wikipedia

Afterwards we had dinner at the Gallery Restaurant.  I ate a spinach and tomato Canneloni and Hendrik had some Warthog for the first time in his life.  This is all that remained:

PArt- Part 2

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On Friday the town was still relatively quiet so we decided to pay a visit to my two favorite places in town:  The post office (where I bought a stamp) and the Library (which I think is one of my top 3 libraries- they still use the old-school card process, but they are super efficient with it and always friendly- it was the first Library my son joined.)

We also tried to see all the other exhibitions.  The landscape was the predominant feature. Visit www.princealbertgallery.com for more info on all the exhibitions.

All the trees in the main road were dressed in black cloth in protest against fracking in the Karoo

“South Africa cannot afford to gamble with your water supply, food security, the health of your family, and the heritage of your children in pursuit of a short-term gain for foreign oil companies and our government.

We need proof that shale gas is the best option and a legacy that we will be proud to leave to our children.” From this site : http://treasurethekaroo.co.za/ Visit it or their facebook page for more information about fracking, as well as  http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/whats-fracking

At 5 pm it was the official opening of the festival at the Main Gallery

There we met the some interesting people from Baardskeerdersbos.  It sounds like a fascinating place to live and work from, and it was great to hear about it first hand form to residents, but thanks to that I also came to know more about this interesting blog.

Two of the artists on the festival is from that area:

Niel Jonker

Niel Jonker: Onder Swartberg mis

And Joshua Miles

Joshua Miles

Earlier In the day I bought 3 books:

Gertrude and The glass bead game by Hermann Hesse, (previously I have only read Sidderharta and Steppenwolf by this author, so I am super excited by this find).  I also bought the Tao Te Ching.  All for under R30!

To be continued