EUCATASTROPHE – Give away

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“It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving” – Mother Teresa.

I wish I could give everyone who attended the opening of “Eucatastrophe” a gift, a token of appreciation:

but in the end we let ‘Lady Luck’ decide with whom the Giant and Princess get to go home with:

Congratulations Claudia Du Val! Thank you for joining us in the celebrations on Saturday the 17th of April 2021.

I hope that the Giant and the Princess brings you much joy!

Work in progress

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work in progress 2021

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Dr. Howard Thurman

“Stop the rot, keep moving”

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Its been a while since I wrote to you, but October was a wonderful, intense, creative, and thankfully productive month for me, and I hope for you too?!

I am pleased to announce that I finished the commission which occupied most of my time in the studio. I am really chuffed that I finished it on the time I set aside for it. My self-imposed ‘deadline’ was for the end of October. I allowed myself to focus on it for two months. I need deadlines (but is there not perhaps a better word for it, since deadline sounds so final) ;-P

“You are born, you die, and the rest is just marking time.” (James Joyce)

I had the pleasure of having Kleinjan Groenewald over for a photo shoot yesterday! I will share some photos from this shoot over the next couple of months!

I was also introduced to Ike in October. His owner says that he always smile for the camera:

he was the inspiration for a new “family member” – The Good Boy!

The Good Boy

And he is off to join the rest of the clan in this collectors home:

Other news is that I had to get reading glasses/goggles/spectacles! I was diagnosed with PRESBYOPIA which is just a fancy Greek word meaning: “Old and eye.” “Presbyopia is the name given to the condition of the sight which develops as a natural senile change” (quoted from an encyclopedia) I was so stressed out about my appointment with the Optometrist, but I am glad I went, since now I can enjoy reading again. I am just curious why most of the frames for glasses are made out of plastic! eek! Anyway I am celebrating by reading a book I found in the library: “The secret dairy of Hendrik Groen 83 1/4 Years old”

“Biologically speaking you become superfluous on your fortieth birthday or thereabouts. Since the children are born by then, approaching self sufficiency. That is when slowly but surely the rot starts to set in with hair loss and reading glasses. On a cellular level too things start going wrong. You have more and more errors of division and multiplication. A slowing metabolism leads to a weaker nervous system which also makes the mind to weaken. One thing is clear: “Use it or lose it” from the book …..

I really enjoy spending time with Hendrik Groen. Like him I also “rarely say what i want to say. I tend to choose the path of least confrontation. My specialty: wanting to please everybody.”

In other news:

I painted the wall in my studio a dark grey, in preparation for my next ‘Studio exhibition: The Haunted Stitch” coming soon…watch this space. πŸ˜‰

I will also be participating an a group show in November…more about this a bit later:

Other news: Feel free to visit the stockroom at MContemporary gallery for some available work, or feel free to send me a message:

Until we speak again….”Stop the rot, keep moving” Hendrik Groen

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.Β  It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.” Vincent van Gogh

“Normal is an illusion.Β  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.”Β  You have more potential than you believe you do.Β  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

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