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.

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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

 

Studio news…Winter 2019

Studio news

 

 

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For all of you in the Southern Hemisphere…I hope that you are experiencing a fine Winter and not one of ‘discontent’, because:

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“We can shoot rockets into space but we can’t cure anger or discontent”. John Steinbeck – Winter of our Discontent

studio view with “Auntie Virus”

I am excited to inform you that the Millenium Gallery will be presenting my work at this years Turbine Art Fair  (from 11 to 14 July 2019) in Johannesburg, and I will be attending!! I am looking forward and do hope to see and meet some of you there, but for those who can’t make it…feel free to contact me and I will forward a ‘digital catalog’ to you.

A vigour of hybrids

I recently completed a ‘vigour’ of hybrids, and they are on their way to a new home. Many thanks to the patron of the arts!

Work in progress

Other news: I am currently preparing for a group exhibition in August and a small solo exhibition in Spring…but more on that later. Stay warm, keep well, until next time…

I’ll leave you with another quote by Mr Steinbeck:

“A little hope, even hopeless hope, never hurt anybody.”
― John Steinbeck,The Winter of Our Discontent

A recent photograph of moi taken by my friend Karen de Kock.

 

Rearing its ugly head….Lelike ding wat sy kop uitsteek…

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Lelike ding wat sy kop uitsteek approx 50 x 34 cm cotton thread, rubber and wood 2018

“But it is a statuette with a human face- or, that lacking, an ear of a corn, even a piece of wood – which will most satisfyingly serve the girl as substitute for that double, that natural playting: the penis” Simone de Beauvoir

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P.S Werk wat tans te sien is by Fried Contemporary gallery – deel van die “Black Humour” uitstalling

P.S.S Voëlkop-pop ?!

P.S.S.S *photographs of my work taken by Kleinjan Groenewald

Clock-a-doodle-doo

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The Lunar New Year was recently celebrated across the globe. According to some cultures we entered the “Year of the Rooster.”

I am fascinated by Astrology, even if I do not practice or study it on a daily basis.  Astrology makes me think about the quote by Stephen Hawking:

“Remember to look up at the stars, not down at your feet.  Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the Universe exist.”

Random fact: Years ago, after I read the book “The power of One” by Bryce Courtenay, I wanted to have a pet rooster, but never had the opportunity.

It is said that : Roosters can be strangely complex, and sometimes they just won’t fit in. (quote found when I searched Rooster behaviour on the internet). 

While on the subject of not fitting in: I’m not sure how Horoscopes (I like to call it “horror-scopes”) fit in with Astrology, but when it comes to ‘horoscopes’, I think about a quote by John Berger:

“Prophecy challenges our common sense and view of time.”

 

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Back to the Lunar New year: On the 28th I saw this post on Instagram:

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According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, it’s now only two and a half minutes to midnight. We’re talking about the Doomsday Clock, of course. This week, the BAS’s Science and Security Board moved the clock’s hands 30 seconds closer to midnight. Why, you ask?!? Excellent question! 
As stated in their 2017 Doomsday Clock press release: “Over the course of 2016, the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to come effectively to grips with humanity’s most pressing existential threats, nuclear weapons and climate change … This already-threatening world situation was the backdrop for a rise in strident nationalism worldwide in 2016, including in a US presidential campaign during which the eventual victor, Donald Trump, made disturbing comments about the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons and expressed disbelief in the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change …The board’s decision to move the clock less than a full minute — something it has never before done — reflects a simple reality: As this statement is issued, Donald Trump has been the US president only a matter of days …” What do you think? Let us know in the comments (and play nice!).

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It was the first time I heard about the “Doomsday clock” (it turns out after some investigation that this ‘clock’ has been around for a while, but it seems that I live in a bubble) I found the concept of this clock very depressing! Why would humans ‘create’ something like this? Also the thought that one person could ‘alter’ the clock with something he/she says is very disturbing…I would not want to be in that person’s shoes.

anyway….talking about ‘depression’- I’ll leave you with this quote from Tom Robbins:

“All depression has its roots in self-pity, and all self-pity is rooted in people taking themselves too seriously.

The key word here is roots.  The roots of depression.  For most people, self-awareness and self-pity blossom simultaneously in early adolescence.  It’s about that time we start viewing the world as something other than a whoop-de-doo plaground, we start to experience personally how threatening it can be, how cruel and unjust.  At the very moment we become, for the first time, both introspective and socially conscientious, we receive the bad news that the world, by and large, doesn’t give a rat’s ass.  Even an old tomato like me can recall how painful, scary, and disillusioning the realisation was.  So, there’s a tendency, then, to slip into rage and self-pity, which, if indulged, can fester into bouts of depression.

Now, unless someone stronger and wiser – a friend, a parent, a novelist, filmmaker, teacher, or musician – can josh us out of it, can elevate us and show us how petty and pompous and monumentally useless it is to take ourselves so seriously, then depression can become a habit, which, in turn, can produce a neurological imprint.

Are you with me? Gradually, our brain chemistry becomes conditioned to react to negative stimuli in a particular, predictable way.

One thing’ll go wrong and it’ll automatically switch on its blender and mix us that black cocktail, the ol’ doomsday daiquiri, and before we know it, we’re soused to the gills from the inside out.  Once depression has become electrochemically integrated, it can be extremely difficult to philosophically or psychologically override it, by then it’s playing by the rules, a whole different ball game…..

And that’s why when you’ve exhibited the slightest tendency toward self-importance, I’ve reminded you that you and me – you and I: excuse me- may be every bit as important as the President or Pope or biggest prime-time icon in Hollywood, but that none of us is much more than a pimple on the ass-end of creation, so let’s not get carried away with ourselves.  

p44 and 45 from the book: Fierce invalids home from hot climates by Tom Robbins

Apologies for the long quote, but it is just so good, that I could not bear to shorten it.

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Heks/Witch….

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"Heks/Witch" Altered photograph, cotton thread, rubber and wood. 61 x 42 cm

“Heks/Witch” Altered photograph, cotton thread, rubber and wood. 61 x 42 cm

“… she tried to avoid his gaze but he held her steady and would not look away, Finally her eyes spoke to him. Her eyes said, Words are too weak, too small, they are always too small, even the purest and most simple phrases fail. Her eyes said, Look at who you are, you were asleep when I met you, but now you’re awake, so stay awake. I did not need you and I did not want you and yet here you are, awake in my body and in my heart.”
Toby Barlow, Babayaga

There are so many versions of the Baba Yaga story. I love the quote above, but also adore the version in the book called “Women who run with wolves.”