Langeraat is raadop/ Langeraat is fed-up (embroidery on rubber)
The word Langeraat in the title refers to the childhood rhyme: “duimpie, duimpie-se-maat, langeraat, fielafooi en piepie-in-die-kooi”, where one teach a little kid about the fingers on his hand. I’m not sure how to translate it, but it literally means: (thumb, thumb’s friend, middle-finger, ring-finger and little-finger)
On the middle finger is a rhino finger-puppet….
I made this work in response to the rhino poaching that still continues no matter what people are trying to do about it….
well I enjoy it and its fun….kids love it. The medium is amazing. Its taking up most of my time (between cooking, cleaning, kids, loving and blogging) and it might just be able to put bread and butter on the table, since the bloody art world in South Africa is so unstable.
but I will still keep this blog going with some (m)otherwise thoughts and new work. I will keep on working in my sketchbooks and artist books and small drawings while I search for that masterpiece/s….mister time and sister muse.
Watch this space for some great South African artists whose work deals with the mother and child theme….
The first of September signals spring for many people in South Africa. New beginnings. Happy days.
On the first of September people in South Africa were prompted to wear black for the sake of rhinos.
I would wear black everyday if I knew it would change the lot of rhinos and poachers would stop their barbaric habits!
Unfortunately a lot of clothing these days are made and imported from China, which will support the idiotic Chinese who believe that Rhino-horn is an aphrodisiac.
A friend of a friend wrote on her facebook status that unicorns does exist, they are grey and fat and called rhinos. That made me very melancholy.
inner tube rhino
So recently I started to collect inner tubes from garages. (you know the stuff they use inside the wheels of cars to keep them inflated.) I decided I want to make soft toys. An Eco-conscious toy since normally these inner tubes will only end up on the landfills. This rhino is still in progress. I pledge to give R10 from every toy sold to the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust (http://www.pilanesbergwildlifetrust.co.za/projects/anti_poaching_fund.html) in aid of anti rhino poaching.