Normal?

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During this “lockdown” I keep on hearing the words:

“When things get back to normal”

At one stage these words also made me cry, because what is ‘normal’?

work in progress

“I don’t know what normal means anyway.” – Karl Lagerfeld

“Normality is a paved road.  It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.” Vincent van Gogh

“Normal is an illusion.  What is normal for the spider is chaos to the fly.” Morticia Addams

What does the word “normal” mean to you?

I know that playing pretend is not a solution to how to cope with reality, it is the only way I know how until I figure how to think outside of the box, or rather think like there was no box to begin with….because who knows what the future will hold.

 

“When the world says, “give up”, Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”  You have more potential than you believe you do.  Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.”

Dr Seuss

 

studio experiments

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PVA paint and embroidered rubber mask experiment nr 1

“Horror is the removal of masks”

-Robert Bloch-

(quote of the day)

embroidered rubber face mask experiment nr. 2

Behind the scenes 😉

Untitled: Ophelia

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Untitled – Ophelia, 1620 x 700 mm cotton thread and rubber 2019 Hannalie Taute

“And then the day came,

When risk

To remain tight

in a bud

was more painful

than the risk

it took

to blossom”

-Anais Nin

Untitled (Opehlia) detail

Untitled (Ophelia) detail 2

whew!!

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Whew…yep, that is a sigh of relief, because finally things are back to normal…but what is normal right?

artist at work 2020 (photographed by KleinJan Groenewald)

well, normal for me means that the festive season and back to school mayhem is done and dusted, and that my back to studio routine has commenced- and that dear friends is a relief, because a stitch a day keeps the blues away 😉 But with that said, sometimes not working can be work.  It is important to just be every once in awhile.

So what did I do from the 1st of January until now.

Well I fought the festive season blues…

but then I found this quote which I love:

“Depression is like a woman in black.  If she turns up, don’t shoo her away.  Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.” -Carl Jung

“The difference between art and life is that art is more bearable”

Charles Bukowski

I am on a mission to catch up on writing letters (snail mail) to selected friends….slowly but surely getting there!

I made back up files since our computer gave us trouble (hence my absence here, since I only use a desktop for blog-posts.

I fought against hundreds of zombies with the boys in a PS4 game.

Went to the beach once in awhile,

played in my sketchbook.

Had a studio visit with MContemporary gallery from Australia- more about this at a later stage.

The photographer Kleinjan Groenewald also traveled to my studio to take photos of me and my recent works (as seen in this post), the rest I still need to upload on my website…all in due time.

I re-read books like the biography of the artist Joseph Cornell (which i highly recommend).

(If you have more must-read suggestions feel free to leave the titles of books in the comment section.)

So with all that happening, I did not make any new years resolutions, and I did not commit to much group shows in January because daily life was happening and consuming me….

“…we have to, out of necessity, construct ourselves every day out of all the different impulses, memories, dreams, pressures, that come to us.  In that sense the job of the artist is to demonstrate through the form of art what it is that everybody has to struggle through daily.” -William Kentridge

Oh, this is my Que for saying goodbye for now

and so I will end with this quote by Mark Mason:

“Fucks are cultivated like a beautiful fucking garden, where if you fuck shit up and the fucks get fucked, then you’ve fucking fucked your fucks all the fuck up.”

 

 

 

 

I do, I undo, I redo and repeat…

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“I do, I undo, I redo” is one of my favorite quotes by Louise Bourgeois, because it is so relevant to my practice lately.

The same artist also said the following in a documentary about her work:

“It’s difficult to be a woman and to be like-able. This desire to be like-able…its really a pain in the neck.  How are you going to be like-able and be yourself? There are doubts. I’m full of doubts”

studio shot, work in progress

Before my son took these photos, we had a nice chat about my work. He said he kind of like it, but it is a bit strange….(mmm coming from an eleven year old boy who likes zombies etc), but he explained that flowers coming from vaginas and images where it looks like I’m ripping my rib-cage open with a skull as head, qualifies to him as ‘weird’. He also added that he hope people will “like” my work.

I realize that to him at this stage of his life it is very important to be liked and to ‘fit’ in with his peers. How do I explain to him that as an artist I’ve grown a thick skin and that to me being liked is not as important as to do what I like?

Someone also told me some time ago that they “like” my work but will not be able to live with it in their home. Which I understand and accept, but in this day and age where everyone on social media wants a bunch of likes and for a boy dreaming about a Playstation VR headset which he hopes he can get when I sell lots and lots of work…it is not so easy to comprehend.

studio shot 2

So I will leave you with this quote I saw on the internet recently:

“your art

is not about how many people

like your work

your art

is about

if your heart likes your work

if our soul likes your work

it’s about how honest

you are with yourself

and you

must never

trade honesty

for relatability

  • rupi kaur