Cabinet cards…my latest obsession

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We visited my Mother-in-law in celebration of her birthday this past weekend- and here she is with her grandchildren:

At her birthday party one of her friends Tienie Potgieter asked me about my art and current intrests. I told her about my recent work and then she offered me a box full of vintage photographs including Cabinet cards!!

I could not believe my luck!

CABINET CARDS: A style of photograph first introduced in 1863 by Windsor & Bridge in London, the cabinet card is a photographic print mounted on card stock. The Cabinet card got its name from its suitability for display in parlors — especially in cabinets — and was a popular medium for family portraits.

So while I am in the process of working through each and every one….finding inspiration, I am also scanning them to create a virtual file- and while I’m at it , I thought I will share a couple with you!

I even love the back of these cards!

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 😉

“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