Flashback and Forward Friday

Studio news/blog

Me, on this day, back in 2002… a bride to be. Photographer Ruline Spies

The more I think about it, the more every exhibition opening, or the anticipation of it, reminds me of my wedding day; because on that day, one invites eyewitnesses to take note of what you’ve done, or what is about to come. It also celebrates new beginnings, or happy endings….

I am looking forward to see and meet you at the following upcoming exhibitions:

22 and 23 September 2018: In Baardskeerders Bos Art Route

and

03 October 2018: “Minutes to Midnight” a solo exhibition at 99 Loop gallery, in Cape Town

 

April foolishness (with quotes and pictures)

Studio news/blog

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


 

Studio news/blog

After 2 solo exhibitions, back to back, I am finding my feet in the studio again. Allowing myself some time to catch up on admin and the luxury to read (my reading list was getting way too long) :

“The smell of the sea pleased him so much that he wanted one day to take it in, pure and unadulterated, in such quantities that he could get drunk on it.

And later, when he learned from stories how large the sea is and that you can sail upon it in ships for days on end without ever seeing land, nothing pleased him more than the image of himself sitting high up in the crows nest…gliding through the endless smell of the sea” -Patrick Suskind

I also met Louise Gerryts recently (better known as Louise Leather here in Stilbaai). She demonstrated and let me use her clicker-press to cut my inner-tubes into squares to be stitched together for future ‘canvases” …

This tool is really a time-saving device…I managed to fill 2 x 10 liter buckets with rubber-squares in an hour…phew, now I only have to clean and polish the squares before “The Beach House” here in Stilbaai stitch it together for me….then I’ll start with some embroideries…looking forward!

…I am also allowing myself to play in my sketchbook/visual journal…doing mostly quick collage and ink experiments in any old book i can find…

This one above I did in an old empty diary from 2015…

What I really enjoyed recently was having some fun with my children- cutting up and gluing random things together..

“The more real you get, the more unreal the world gets” John Lennon

The exhibition :”Come hell or high water” endings on Saturday the 28th of October.

Early November I’ll share some exciting things happening in the next 2 months…2018 is around the corner…can you believe it?

For those of you celebrating Halloween – happy trick or treating! xx

decisions, decisions….

Art portfolio- my work

A lot of random and nostalgic thoughts have been buzzing in my head lately while I try to get my website up and running.

Firstly: I notice that a lot of high profile artists don’t have a website eg: William Kentridge, Wim Botha etc….they are signed with galleries and their work can only be seen on those.  So I ask myself, should I not bother and just try and get signed with a gallery?

Maybe I should just go ahead and enjoy the experience of trying to make my own site with the free website design programs available to one.  Why make a website in the fist place? Why do I write this blog? Why not make a Facebook page only?

Secondly:  Should I upload everything I ever did? Did my career start in art school? After art school? With my first exhibition ever? With my first gallery show? With my first solo show? With my first sale?

Did my vocation begin in pre-primary when my teacher told my parent that I cannot colour in properly? Did it start when I decided that art is what I want to do everyday of my life?

is less more, or is less a bore? (cant remember where i heart that phrase)

I am a late bloomer to technology and the internet.  I cannot recall when I sent my first e-mail, but it was probably 2004 ish….

While trying to decide which work to upload I was looking through this big Braille book which contain images of my work from 1998 to 2003.  I got this Braille book from the Institute for the blind in Pretoria in 2000.  This book is apparently the book of Matthews (from the Bible).  After all these years I still wonder if: one big book is one book from the Bible, how many make the whole Bible in Braille? Would it fill a room?

"Sy is....." wood and silkworm silk."  2002

“Sy is…..” wood and silkworm silk.” 2002

While paging through this book I realized that that was my website back in the day. It was the book I took along to my first meeting with a curator of a gallery. The book stop at images from 2004, so I guess that’s when I started to use the internet.

two versions of my portfolio

two versions of my portfolio

Anyway so I enjoyed looking at the work I made in the past.  Funny how one can see some ideas recurring in new work again…

like the use of found objects, doll parts/clothing and the facsination with Mythology, in

the toy like sculptures:

Melepomene: muse of tragedy. mixed media 2003

Melepomene: muse of tragedy. mixed media 2003

from the "Madam choose your personality" series 2004

from the “Madam choose your personality” series 2004

Chapter 9- Problems with the children: Toy #6. Mixed media and found objects. 2012

Chapter 9- Problems with the children: Toy #6. Mixed media and found objects. 2012

And works on paper like these ‘prints’ :

 

untitled prints and work on paper 2004

untitled prints and work on paper 2004

Things considered typically feminine: torture. Transfer print and found objects on fabriano paper. 2007

Things considered typically feminine: torture. Transfer print and found objects on fabriano paper. 2007

Pagina 7. Archival print on Archival paper. 2013

Pagina 7. Archival print on Archival paper. 2013

and of course dressmaking pattern paper:

Cutting edge series. 2004

Cutting edge series. 2004

Show and tell - The ugly duckling. Pattern paper and glue. 2009

Show and tell – The ugly duckling. Pattern paper and glue. 2009

 

Chapter 10 - A brief visit with father time: "Back in the day..." Dressmaking pattern paper and wool on board. 2012

Chapter 10 – A brief visit with father time: “Back in the day…” Dressmaking pattern paper and wool on board. 2012

 

also embroidery on objects/toys….

"My bokkie, my poppie, my chick...mixed media 2002

“My bokkie, my poppie, my chick…mixed media 2002

Miss-Understood. Altered polaroid and embroidery on linen. 2004

Miss-Understood. Altered polaroid and embroidery on linen. 2004

Woman is....(Embroidery on rubber) 2013

Woman is….(Embroidery on rubber) 2013

 

Should I upload some images from my art school days like these prints?  Its not that they are extraordinary but I still feel proud of them.

Litho print and colour etching 1998

Litho print and colour etching 1998

I also tend to destroy or rework old work:

Self portrait, (cement fondue) 1999

Self portrait, (cement fondue) 1999

The above bust, were recently transformed into this:

Currently still "Untitled" Embroidery and rubber. 2013

Currently still “Untitled” Embroidery and rubber. 2013

Sometimes I feel sad about those I destroy:

Fop series. I think 2005? (destroyed)

Fop series. I think 2005? (destroyed)

decisions…..decisions……I think I have decided to include these older pieces in my website, but before I do: any thoughts from you?

and while I try to decide, I stumble upon Pinterest….facinating, and dangerous.  I decided not to start my own Pins yet, I’ll rather browse those of others once in a while.  As you might have noticed: I am very fond of toys, and fell in love this pinboard (see here)

and of course collage and mixed media (see here)

enjoy!