Shell I stay or Shell I go…again…

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…no go to hell Shell!

Years ago (2014) I made this work for an exhibition in response to the company Shell who wanted to do ‘fracking’ in the Karoo.

“Shell” I stay, or ‘shell’ I go? Embroidery on rubber and found cloth. 2014 (#IndustrialKarooFearAndLoss) SOLD

Luckily it did not happen!

https://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2018-04-11-shell-pulls-back-from-the-karoo/

But now this freaking company are at it again – this time they want to do seismic surveys along our coast!!

I can not believe it! So I signed the petition (see link below) and urge you to do the same! and I really really hope they can be stopped.

https://chng.it/M4pK9g4vJj

They need 300 000 signatures. Hopefully that will be enough to put a stop to it. One can only hope.

Please leave our oceans alone!

“Shell” I stay, or “shell” I go?

Art portfolio- my work

"Shell" I stay, or 'shell' I go? Embroidery on rubber and found cloth. 2014

“Shell” I stay, or ‘shell’ I go? Embroidery on rubber and found cloth. 2014

“A creature that hides and ‘withdraws into its shell’ is preparing a ‘way out’.  This is true in the entire scale of metaphors.  From the resurrection of a man in his grave, to the sudden outburst of one that has long been silent.  If we remain at the heart of the image under consideration, we have the impression that, by staying in the motionlessness of its shell, the creature is preparing temporal explosions, not the say whirlwinds, of being.  The most dynamic escapes take place in cases of repressed being…”

P111  from the book: The poetics of space by Gaston Bachelard (see here)

I read these words by Gaston Bachelard while working on this piece above for a group show which opens at the end of July, called :

The Industrial Karoo: Fear and loss.  (curated by Katie Barnard du Toit)

This work as well as another is on its way to Bloemfontein, but I will post more information about this exhibition closer to the time.

PS: The title is deliberately (mis)spelled like that.