The Family Pet

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Today’s story was written by Karen de Kock, using the 14 titles from my works for the upcoming exhibition at MContemporary opening on 21 July 2022 –

Thanks for participating Karen.

Hannalie Taute Family Pet detail

“The family pet felt alienated from the artificial and nuclear family, but because you ‘can’t choose your family’, he endured years of cruelty.  The day came when he had enough, he turned his back on his family and left.  He had no idea where to go and eventually got lost in the forest, where he was found by the good fairies.

Hannalie Taute Family Pet detail

They were always too busy playing with fire, he quickly became bored and decided to move on and wandered into the deepest part of the woods, and came upon a family meeting.  Thank you for coming said the wicked giants! A joyous reunion they proclaimed!

Hannalie Taute Family Pet detail

He was quite bewildered by the giants and made a run for it. He then saw a nice friendly giant proudly walked into the forest, and thought that he can be his new family, because what’s love got to do with it?  He met up with the giant and they lived happily ever after and before the year was over a great joy was announced!

Hannalie Taute Family Pet 118.5 x 84 cm Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 2021

They decided to give up their home and beating hearts.  They would go in search of the story tree and ask her if they can become part of her and live forever!!

The end. – Karen de Kock

P.S Did you know that World Snake day is celebrated on 16 July as an opportunity to raise awareness about their conservation. Happy world snake day tomorrow!

P.P.S The preview of my upcoming exhibition is now LIVE! Here’s the link:

Wishing you a lovely weekend. xxx

Studio update- Winter 2021

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Whew, July was a strange month: from billionaires in space, to looting in South Africa and more close to home = a broken appliances as well as a traffic fine. Let’s hope August will be peaceful, calm, and things working out without rushing;-)

work in progress

August is my birthday month and I am happy to say that some of my older work will be included in an upcoming exhibition which opens on the same day as my birthday! In celebration I will be giving away this ‘Chocolate bunny” from this exhibition to one lucky person.

This group exhibition is called: Thread(ed): Interlacing womxn in the 21st century, to be held at the Association of Arts, Pretoria from 13 August – 4 September 2021

More details to follow later

But here is a sneak peek:

She does not hold water 63 x 48 cm Cotton thread, batting and rubber, wood- framed (Photographer Kleinjan Groenewald)

I watched a beautiful movie on Netflix called: It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, which was inspired by an article featured in Esquire about Mr Rogers. After I watched the movie, I read the article, and I would like to share the following quote which really moved me with you:

Anyway, back to studio news:

The KKNK festival virtual exhibition Amplifica is still showing until the end of August. Here is a short video featuring the curator Dineke van der Walt talking about it:

and here is a video we made in my studio with the works in question:

That’s a wrap for now. Keep calm and keep warm until next time….

Please join me for a walk in the park…

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Sowaar as padda manel dra met fOMO

Please take a walk with me by following the link below, which will take you to my ‘drive’-(thru) where you will meet different and interesting characters who likes to celebrate life.

In the link you will find individual images of available works as well as a PDF file containing a short note, and the list of works. There are short videos of the “park” space in my studio).  What is interesting is that by putting everything into the drive, I can update the list of works sold, and I can add a document with Q&A if there will be any and I can add videos by request. So please feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions, suggestions or critique.

The thinker with an educational toy

meet the artist part 7 – working with rubber

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Artist photographed by KleinJan Groenewald 2020

Rubber is a very tactile substance and I love the skin-like quality of it, which can be highly fetishized.

It also distances my work from the perceived softness or delicacy of ‘women’s work’ to become the opposite – hard labor.

Working with rubber is like fusing two seemingly irreconcilable material forms together along with their associated symbolic values.


Thank you for reading my ‘meet the artist’ posts during this month, reaching the half way mark today. I wish you a lovely Valentines day. xxx