Family drama

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There is a little family drama happening here in my studio. I kid you not!

studio view

“Hy is met die helm gebore” predicted that the fan-damnily will turn up at my studio

“Hy is met die helm gebore” 2019 Vintage photograph, cotton thread and rubber 50 x 30 cm RESERVED

Al is dit nog streng gesproke “lockdown”, het die hele spul besluit hulle wil partytjie, want ek verjaar volgende maand.

But before I get carried away, let me introduce you tot the rest of the family:

Meet Scarlett Lakenkoors, (ek wil liewers nie weet waarom sy koorsig is nie ūüėČ

“Scarlett Lakenkoors” 2019 Paper, pastel, ink and collage (framed) 54 x 35 cm SOLD

I would also like you to meet Trophy Wife. She used to be married to Uncle Archie Choked.

“Trophy Wife” and “Archie Choked” 2019 Paper, pastel, ink and collage (framed) 54 x 35 cm (SOLD)

Maar ken jy vir Tant Mossie?

Tant Mossie SOLD

Sy woon gewoonlik in die FAK Sangbundel area,

Tant Mossie is currently going through an identity crisis!

“Identity Crisis” 2019 Cotton thread, polyester fiber filling and rubber

In elke familie is daar gewoonlik n Oogappel…

Die oogappel 2019 Pastel, ink, collage and paper 44.5 x 28.5 cm SOLD

Her brother is the boy who thinks he is a dog

The boy thinks he is a dog 2019 Pastel, ink, collage and paper 41.5 x 29.5 cm

and their father is the one with “meer blaf as byt”:

Meer blaf as byt 2019 Pastel, ink, paper and collage 44.5 x 28.5 cm

Antie Social always have this fake smile on her face

Antie Social 2019 Pastel, ink, collage and paper 41.5 x 29.5 cm

Especially when she comes in contact with the horned lady

She will do no harm (Horned Lady) 2019 Pastel, ink, collage and paper, 44.5 x 28.5 cm

And now let me introduce you to all the couples. First up: The Visionaries

The visionaries 2019 Paper, pastel, ink and collage 41.5 x 29.5 cm SOLD

The Visionaries don’t want to mix with the “lousy couple’ at any party, can you guess why?

Lousy couple 2019 Pastel, ink, paper and collage 44.5 x 29.5 cm

Next up, meet the siamese twins: Twee gesiggies!

Twee gesiggies Fabric, thread, fiber filling, found object and rubber 39 x 20 x 8 cm

Twee gesiggies are or is (?) the offspring of the Lovebirds

Lovebirds 2019 vintage photo, thread and rubber 45 x 31 cm SOLD

So there you have it. You can only imagine why there is drama in this family, and why “I burn better in the dark”!

I burn better in the dark 60 x 45 cm cotton thread, batting and rubber (wood frame) 2017

All these works are available directly from my studio, unless otherwise specified. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.

I will love you and leave you with this beautiful song by Courntey Love from her album Nobody’s daughter, which inspired the work: “I burn better in the dark” Enjoy!

The Atom’s family and little ogres…

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Good morning!

Studio news update:

Atoms Family 520 x 320 mm Vintage photograph, cotton thread and rubber 2019

The “Atom’s Family” and “Little ogres” will be hanging out at the 3rd Karen Zoid “Art in the time of Corona” art auction now running on her Facebook page, until 7pm tonight.

Little Ogres 2019

Here is a link for those of you that want to check it out:

Keep well and stay safe.

xxxx

Flux – a group exhibition

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Dear friends,


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‚ÄĚ like embroidery, bead-work, weaving, carpentry and paper cutting. It also explores the meaning and importance of craftsmanship in contemporary art practices.

¬†so…..

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

on being painted….

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I had a terrible self-image when I was a teenager. ¬†I used to hate my big bulky fore-head. ¬†When I rode my bicycle to school I tilted my head so that the wind blew my hair over my face. ¬†I used copious amounts of hairspray to keep my fringe in place for fear of exposing my bulky fore-head. ¬†No matter what my mom or others told me (for example that a big forehead is a sign of wisdom, blah blah blah) I didn’t believe them.

I always wore a fringe, up until my oldest son was born. ¬†I didn’t have the time or energy to tend to a hairstyle with a baby in tow. ¬†5 Years ago ¬†I shaved my hair and wore my big bulky fore-head with pride.

A couple of days ago an artist friend of mine let me know that she is painting my portrait:

A portrait of me painted by Vanessa Berlein

A portrait of me painted by Vanessa Berlein

I feel honored being painted by her! I admire her skill, technique and talent! check out her blog here for more amazing work by Vanessa Berlein!

I also feel kinda weird (self-conscious) being ‘watched’ and so closely examined in order to be painted by her.

And I feel super strange seeing that big bulky fore-head again! (Its different seeing yourself in a mirror than seeing yourself through the eyes of someone else).

I cannot help but wonder how others eg: Mona Lisa felt after seeing the painted version of themselves?!

Suddenly I am thinking about a snippet of this ‘story’ from the book= “Possessing the secret of joy, by Alice Walker”:

….”Days went by when the only voice she heard was her inner one.

Soon, she began to listen to it.

Lara, it said, sit here, where the sun may kiss you.  And she did.

Lara, it said , lie here, where the moon can make love to you all night long.  And she did.

Lara, it said, one bright morning when she knew herself to have been well kissed and well loved:  sit here on this stone and look at your beautiful self in  the still waters of this stream.

Calmed by the guidance offered by her inner voice, Lara sat down on the stone and leaned over the water.  She took in her smooth, aubergine little snout, her delicate, pointed ears, her sleek, gleaming black fur.  She was beautiful!  And she was well kissed by the sun and well made love to by the moon.

For one whole day, Lara was content.  When her co-wife asked her fearfully why she was smiling, Lara only opened her mouth wider, in a grin.  The poor co-wife ran trembling off and found their husband, Baba, and dragged him back to look at Lara.  When Baba saw the smiling, well kissed, well made love to Lara, of course he could hardly wait to get his paws on her!  He could tell she was in love with someone else, and this aroused all his passion.

While Lala wept, Baba possessed Lara, who was looking over his shoulder at the moon.  Each day it seemed to Lara that the Lara in the stream was the only Lara worth having Рso beautiful, so well kissed, and so well made love to.  And her inner voice assured her this was true.

So, one hot day when she could not tolerate the shrieks and groans of Baba and Lala as they tried to tear each other’s ears off because of her, Lara, who by now was quite indifferent to them both, leaned over and kissed her own serene reflection in the water, and held the kiss all the way to the bottom of the stream.”

Anyway,

Check out some more amazing portraits here!