Greetings from the studio…2019

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Yikes, already 11 days into the new year, but for me the ‘new year’ officially starts when the children goes back to school. It allows for some quiet contemplative time in the studio.

Usually I try not to make new years resolutions, but with that said, this year I aim to spend more time in the garden,

“Om grond te eet is goed vir sooibrand/ eating dirt is good for heartburn” Embroidery on rubber – Private collection

and focus on cultivating a good posture while working.  Also to practice more yoga and to breathe deep.

“Vanity is becoming a nuisance; I can see why women give it up, eventually. But I’m not ready for that yet” – quote from the book Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

I wish you all a prosperous 2019!

and remember:

“Your craziness is another’s reality” embroidered rubber – Private collection

 

 

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Exit to exist!

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It’s been a week since my last stitch!! Yikes.

The whole week I have been unpacking box after box…sorting, rearranging, pondering… because I desperately want my studio back in ‘working’ order.

So, I thought it is relevant to share this image of the work “Exit to exist” with you today, because:

Exit to exist (photograph of my work by Shenaz Mohammed)

  1.  Things/objects exit the boxes to exist in their ‘new’ space. This whole process makes me think back to the first time I moved from my parental home to a tiny Student Village room in Port Elizabeth. All my belongings could  easily fit into a couple of square meters back then.  I cannot get it over my heart to throw out all the letters, photographs and other memorabilia.  With every year more memories are made, and since then (1996), with every move these memories tag along, and it gets harder and harder to let go.

2.  The group exhibition: Forward! Forward? Forward! opened last night at the University of Stellenbosch.  “Exit to exist” will be hanging out with some amazing company. The exhibition will run for 4 months, so feel free to pop in if you can.

Flashback and Forward Friday

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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

 

Remember to sleep with your eyes open…a reminder

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Remember to sleep with your eyes open (detail)

Dear friends,

Just a quick reminder that I’ll be sending out a preview art-catalogue tomorrow the 13th of September (lucky number)!

This catalogue will feature available work for the upcoming BaardskeerdersBos Art-route on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2018.

If you’d like to receive one, feel free to let me know and I’ll put you on the mailing list. A big thank you to those who have sent their e-mail addresses to me already. I appreciate the interest in my work.

Remember to sleep with your eyes open 2016

I’m looking forward to share it with you…there is a couple of surprises in there.

As they say: You snooze you loose 😉

p.s the photographer of my work : Kleinjan Groenewald

 

 

August…an analysis

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Pink Freud 1 – 3

  1. Pink Freud III – a commission completed this month.

After Pink Freud II I thought there would be no more, but since it was commissioned by someone in that trade, I thought, hell why not. He would be loved.

“Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is” Sigmund Freud

2. August was though health wise for lots of friends and family.  In a way this was inspirational. I started to do research on folk medicine (boererate). This is a piece inspired by one of the recipes I found in a book called “Oupa en Ouma se boererate”. It’s for an upcoming group exhibition in November, but more on that later.

sneak peek: Boereraat (Dronkenskap)

I love working in this format later. Excited by the possibilities.

“Flowers are very restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.” Sigmund Freud

3. Reminder: The group exhibition ‘Black Humour opens on the 30th of August at Fried Contemporary gallery in Pretoria

Under cover Cotton thread, batting and rubber 2017 (photo of my owerk taken by Kleinjan Groenewald)

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” – Sigmund Freud

4. August= also admin month. I am currently putting together a catalogue of work that will be shown at this year’s BaardskeerdersBos Art Route during the weekend of 21 September. I’ve been invited by Artist Liz v.d Berg to show my work alongside hers at their farm Tierfontein. If you would like to receive a copy of this catalogue, please send me a message with your email address. Looking forward.

Honeysuckle the killer bee (Foam, fabric, found objects, cotton thread and rubber)

5. August was emotional and also a very anti-social month for me. But at the same time friends came to visit. In the end I had a wonderful time and some great memories were made.

“Friendship is an art of keeping distance….” –Sigmund Freud

6. Last but not least…doing some finishing touches form my upcoming solo which will open on the 3rd of October at 99 Loop gallery in Cape Town. Hope to see you there. Invite to follow at a later stage.

Who needs courage 80 x 119 cm cotton thread, wool, oil paint and rubber (reworked) 2018

“The madman is a dreamer awake” Sigmund Freud