May 2019 Autumn studio news:

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“Sometimes, when I find I haven’t written a single sentence after scribbling whole pages, I collapse on my couch and lie there dazed, bogged in a swamp of despair, hating myself and blaming myself for this demented pride that makes me pout after a chimera.  A quarter of an hour later, everything has changed; my heart is pounding with joy.” Gustave Flaubert

All rubber-wrapped-up for this coming winter….

“The artist’s life cannot be otherwise than full of conflicts, for the two forces are at war within him – on the one hand the common human longing for happiness, satisfaction and security in life, and on the other a ruthless passion for creation which may go so far as to override every personal desire…There are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of creative fire.” Carl Jung

Dear friends….

it feels like i’m entering ‘hibernation’ mode for this coming winter, so I’ve been a bit slow with the studio-newsletter thing….but here’s a link:

https://mailchi.mp/9e0355915133/aprilmay-2019-studio-newsletter

“Unless you have been thoroughly drenched in perspiration you cannot expect to see a palace of pearls on a blade of grass.” The Blue Cliff Record

re-arranging my ‘atelier’/studio

stitching…studio view

Studio view

Studio view

On another note….I received this message today:

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 8 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
Wow, 8 years! Thanks WordPress! And thank you to YOU out there, for reading my blog!
(Now I just have to work on the ‘good blogging’ part 😉

 

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August…an analysis

Art portfolio- my work, Studio news/blog

Pink Freud 1 – 3

  1. Pink Freud III – a commission completed this month.

After Pink Freud II I thought there would be no more, but since it was commissioned by someone in that trade, I thought, hell why not. He would be loved.

“Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is” Sigmund Freud

2. August was though health wise for lots of friends and family.  In a way this was inspirational. I started to do research on folk medicine (boererate). This is a piece inspired by one of the recipes I found in a book called “Oupa en Ouma se boererate”. It’s for an upcoming group exhibition in November, but more on that later.

sneak peek: Boereraat (Dronkenskap)

I love working in this format later. Excited by the possibilities.

“Flowers are very restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.” Sigmund Freud

3. Reminder: The group exhibition ‘Black Humour opens on the 30th of August at Fried Contemporary gallery in Pretoria

Under cover Cotton thread, batting and rubber 2017 (photo of my owerk taken by Kleinjan Groenewald)

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” – Sigmund Freud

4. August= also admin month. I am currently putting together a catalogue of work that will be shown at this year’s BaardskeerdersBos Art Route during the weekend of 21 September. I’ve been invited by Artist Liz v.d Berg to show my work alongside hers at their farm Tierfontein. If you would like to receive a copy of this catalogue, please send me a message with your email address. Looking forward.

Honeysuckle the killer bee (Foam, fabric, found objects, cotton thread and rubber)

5. August was emotional and also a very anti-social month for me. But at the same time friends came to visit. In the end I had a wonderful time and some great memories were made.

“Friendship is an art of keeping distance….” –Sigmund Freud

6. Last but not least…doing some finishing touches form my upcoming solo which will open on the 3rd of October at 99 Loop gallery in Cape Town. Hope to see you there. Invite to follow at a later stage.

Who needs courage 80 x 119 cm cotton thread, wool, oil paint and rubber (reworked) 2018

“The madman is a dreamer awake” Sigmund Freud

April foolishness (with quotes and pictures)

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admin day – sketchbook – mood

“I don’t know why people are so keen to put details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower” Banksy

About the weekend at an art festival- searching for an ostrich, but instead came face to face with a penguin and Jonathan Livingston seagull 😉

a ‘groupie’ moment with legend Valliant Swart

“There is a child inside me that wants to come out and do something to surprise all the adults” Philippe Petit

Easter-egg-hunting

“Stop a moment, cease your work. Look around you” Leo Tolstoy

building ships with my boys in “Minecraft” because it is school holiday

“Without great solitude no serious work is possible” Pablo Picasso

So off I go to:

“Unclog your mind. Unclog your room. Arrange your room in a way you wish your mind would be” Yoko Ono


 

Mad as a March Hare…You are invited!

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Alice (in Wonderland): “Who’s to say what is “proper”? What if it was agreed that “proper” was wearing a codfish on your head? Would you wear it?”

Anyway…this is not why I write to you today….

“Then you should say what you mean, the March Hare went on. ‘I do”, Alice hastily replied’ ‘at least I mean what I say – that’s the same thing, you know’. ‘Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. ‘Why, you might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see!”. -Lewis Carroll.

I would like to invite you to TWO group exhibitions this month!

Is it “proper” to participate in two exhibitions in the same province, in the same month?

I don’t know if it is ‘proper’ or not, all I know is that I’m feeling blessed.

Alice (in Wonderland): From the moment I fell down that rabbit hole I’ve been told where I must go and who I must be. I’ve been shrunk, stretched, scratched, and stuffed into a teapot. I’ve been accused of being Alice and of not being Alice but this is my dream.

Anyway if you are in the Gauteng area (Pretoria and Johannesburg) on the 7th until the 10th of March 2018… then

YOU ARE INVITED!

and 

Lord Ascot: Charles, you have lost your senses? This picture is impossible.

Charles: Precisely. Gentlemen, the only way to achieve the impossible, is to believe it’s possible.

On that note, I wish you and yours a happy weekend.

I am brainstorming on ways to get myself from the coast to Gauteng for these events, and hope to see you there. fingers crossed. xxx

Kitsch or Retro…you decide

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Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised when I received a notification that my work has been featured on a French blog: Le Blog du Kitsch.

In their own words…about their blog:

The Kitsch Blog is originally a webzine dedicated to the culture of kitsch , retro and vintage . This translates into the dissemination of articles on these areas and the forms they can take in, among others, the arts, music, film, video games, graphics, illustration and the web. The blog has been around since 2009, so the editorial line of departure has necessarily evolved somewhat. We will therefore be interested in talking, but especially in seeing, everything that comes close to distance from the original themes

Usually, where I come from, Kitsch is a bad word…retro a bit better…but this made me think about the writings of Marlene Dumas…http://www.marlenedumas.nl/and-god-said-i-told-you-so/

I quote (my favourite parts, but you can read the full piece in the link above):

God saw that art was all alone,
so he put him to sleep and gave him kitsch…..

Or maybe, kitsch started with the fall from grace…

Kitsch started as a German word, they say.
Although I could have sworn it was an American invention
or something that they used to make in China.
But we shouldn’t blame the Germans for kitsch….

Kitsch is not pink,
if you want to give it a color, make it white….

Kitsch happened when we discovered that we
could imitate and reproduce, whatever we want
,
without having to believe in it; without having
to cry or die for it; we can represent
anything without paying for it, emotionally
Intellectually or spiritually, because others
have, or will, pay for it.

Being featured on a blog about Kitsch, retro and vintage…mmm, I’ll take it as a compliment. Thank you…

and I’ve learned the French word for Rubber! BONUS!

Link to the article down below

http://www.leblogdukitsch.com/art/broderie/broderie-sur-caoutchouc-par-hannalie-taute/

Have a great weekend everybody