“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. 😉

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.  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

 

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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.”