meet the artist part 3 – medium

Studio news/blog

I work mainly with discarded inner-tubes from tyres. I prefer to use the inner-tubes of trucks or tractors and re-purpose it to function as my ‘canvases’ for the embroideries.  I source the inner-tubes (rubber) from local tyre companies and my husband is a diesel mechanic for a construction company and he works with earth-moving vehicles.

Whereas other husbands bring their wives flowers, he brings me inner tubes;-)

 

Available work

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Dear friends and patrons of the Arts…

Lately I have received a lot of interest in my work (through various channels and social media); which I am of course very pleased about. Thank you!

Currently I do not sell directly via my studio, since I am hard at work for upcoming exhibitions….

So, I decided to write a short update with images of available work through various galleries and their contact details… (in no specific order):

Herewith some, not all examples, of available work and gallery details: please contact them for a full list and more info…

*MContemporary gallery in Sydney, Australia- contact louise@mcontemp.com

( works include Meet me in the labyrinth, Hang in there, Right of admission reserved and Mediatrix)

Titles:”Meet me in the Labyrinth” and “Hang in there”

Titles: “Right of admission reserved” and “Mediatrix”

next…

* Millenium gallery in Pretoria contact Ronel van der Vyfer: ronelvdv@gmail.com (Fuck perishableness and Ugly thing rearing its head)

Fuck perishableness/ Fok vergangklikheid

An ugly thing rearing his head/Lelike ding wat sy kop uitsteek

Next…

*99 Loop gallery in Cape Town: contact gallery@99loop.co.za for works eg:

(Until death do us part and It’s not over until the fat lady sings)

Until death do us part 2018

It’s not over until the fat lady sings 2018

next:

*Everard Read gallery in Franschoek: contact karla@everard.co.za for works like “(k)not of snakes” and “In warm water”

(k)not of snakes 215 x 108 cm cotton thread and rubber 2018

“In warm water” 2017 Cotton thread, doillies, and rubber 63 x 128 cm

and last but not least:

*Rossouw Modern gallery in Hermanus, contact info@rossoumodern.com for a list of available works ranging from sculptures to portraits etc:

Fountain of youth, 63 x 48 cm Cotton thread, batting, rubber and wood- framed (photographer Kleinjan Groenewald)

Hungry Eyes 45 x 23 x 45 cm fabric, found objects, cotton thread and rubber 2017 (Photographer JP Hanekom)

Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or head over to my contact page should you wish to send me a private message…

Best wishes

xxx

 

 

 

Anthomania/Anthophobia

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I stumbled upon a new word recently which I would like to share with you this month:

anthomania :

Excessive or passionate enthusiasm for flowers.

“Meet me in the Labyrinth” detail

If i think back, it probably started in 2017 already when I prepared a body of work for a show called “Incognito” :

“Forget-me-not” (Myositis arvensis) 64 x 51 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2017

For the Incognito, solo exhibition at MContemporary I was inspired by flowers with interesting common names.  By combining flowers with self-portraits and animal skulls I felt that they became like masks, concealing the true identity.

So two years later..and now I am even more obsessed with flowers. Real and imaginary. and I am happy to say that I have some new work on its way to Australia again:

“Right of admission reserved” Cotton thread and rubber 85 x 60 cm (2019)

Maybe my so-called ‘anthomania’ started way before 2017…when I was 7years old. My mother was a florist back then…only for a short while.

I remember vaguely how she went for a course in the art of flower-arrangement. Unfortunately I was too little to really appreciate it.

After her death in 1996, I only liked dead things, and decaying flowers. One could say i was “Anthophobic”. When I was studying art, I thought that flowers were too pretty, and decided then to never use them in my art. I didn’t like pretty things.

Well, never say never…

So these days I embroider fantasy blooms on smaller pieces of rubber, arrange them in a collage-like manner and I’ll admit it gives me much joy doing this.

I am expanding my interest to “floriography” (The language of flowers)

  Gifts of blooms, plants, and specific floral arrangements were used to send a coded message to the recipient, allowing the sender to express feelings which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. Armed with floral dictionaries, Victorians often exchanged small “talking bouquets”, called nosegays or tussie-mussies, which could be worn or carried as a fashion accessory. -wikipedia

this interest is probably due to my ‘anthomania’ and fascination with codes as well as these manuscripts (which is still would like to ‘read’):

Voynich Manuscript

Codex Seraphinianus

But for now I’m just happily stitching away at rubber-flowers. Let’s see where this takes me.

Hang in there (detail)