Studio news April 2020

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Day 5 Lock-down in South-Africa. End of the month Studio-newsletter time!

I hope you are doing fine and well under the current circumstances.

I’ve been keeping busy in the kitchen, riding bicycle with my boys= round and around the house, reading articles, stitching a little bit and trying to stay informed. What have you been up to?

During the monhts pre-corona, I’ve been preparing for the “Wild, Wild Life exhibition curated by Alex Hamilton to be hosted by the Gallery Glen Carlou.  It was supposed to open on the 5th of April 2020, but the opening (virtual or otherwise) have been delayed until after lock-down.  I will keep you posted, but you are welcome to request a digital catalogue from: zelda.hamilton@gmail.com!

Lost, 800 x 600 mm cotton thread and rubber 2019 Hannalie Taute

In the meantime I am preparing for a solo exhibition, titled: “A walk in the park”. at the Pretoria Art Association.  It is scheduled to open on the 29th of May 2020. That is if all goes well. Stay tuned for news on that.

“Walk in the Park” works in progress

On another note….

Karen Zoid is hosting another Art Auction on her Facebook-page…right now!!!!

Check it out if you can!

Much love…

Stay safe everyone!

whew!!

Art portfolio- my work

Whew…yep, that is a sigh of relief, because finally things are back to normal…but what is normal right?

artist at work 2020 (photographed by KleinJan Groenewald)

well, normal for me means that the festive season and back to school mayhem is done and dusted, and that my back to studio routine has commenced- and that dear friends is a relief, because a stitch a day keeps the blues away 😉 But with that said, sometimes not working can be work.  It is important to just be every once in awhile.

So what did I do from the 1st of January until now.

Well I fought the festive season blues…

but then I found this quote which I love:

“Depression is like a woman in black.  If she turns up, don’t shoo her away.  Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.” -Carl Jung

“The difference between art and life is that art is more bearable”

Charles Bukowski

I am on a mission to catch up on writing letters (snail mail) to selected friends….slowly but surely getting there!

I made back up files since our computer gave us trouble (hence my absence here, since I only use a desktop for blog-posts.

I fought against hundreds of zombies with the boys in a PS4 game.

Went to the beach once in awhile,

played in my sketchbook.

Had a studio visit with MContemporary gallery from Australia- more about this at a later stage.

The photographer Kleinjan Groenewald also traveled to my studio to take photos of me and my recent works (as seen in this post), the rest I still need to upload on my website…all in due time.

I re-read books like the biography of the artist Joseph Cornell (which i highly recommend).

(If you have more must-read suggestions feel free to leave the titles of books in the comment section.)

So with all that happening, I did not make any new years resolutions, and I did not commit to much group shows in January because daily life was happening and consuming me….

“…we have to, out of necessity, construct ourselves every day out of all the different impulses, memories, dreams, pressures, that come to us.  In that sense the job of the artist is to demonstrate through the form of art what it is that everybody has to struggle through daily.” -William Kentridge

Oh, this is my Que for saying goodbye for now

and so I will end with this quote by Mark Mason:

“Fucks are cultivated like a beautiful fucking garden, where if you fuck shit up and the fucks get fucked, then you’ve fucking fucked your fucks all the fuck up.”

 

 

 

 

Remember, remember it’s November!….

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Yip, can you believe it! November is here already!

This month started on a high note, with lots of celebrations during the past weekend:

work in progress….

from Halloween, All Saint’s day, The day of the Dead and of course the Rugby World Cup.

I find it fascinating how sport can unite a Nation like it did this weekend.

“Sy is n bok vir sports/ She’s game” 2014 Cotton thread, batting and rubber (Private Collection)

Anyway from sport and celebrations to studio news….As you can see from “She’s game”, my fascination with hybrids comes a long way.

Talking about hybrids….

“Earn your stripes” 2019 Cotton thread, batting and rubber

…a vigor of hybrids, like “Earn your stripes” made their way to Tasmania and will be included in a group exhibition opening at the end of November, curated by Nicole O’Loughlin. I will post more info about this soon.

Also:

“Lovebirds” detail embroidered rubber, altered vintage photo 2019

This little bird, her lover and friends are heading off to Knysna for a group exhibition late November… watch this space 😉

I wish you a marvelous week ahead.

Until next time. xxx

 

 

Studio news…Winter 2019

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Collage (cropped)

For all of you in the Southern Hemisphere…I hope that you are experiencing a fine Winter and not one of ‘discontent’, because:

found image on the internet

“We can shoot rockets into space but we can’t cure anger or discontent”. John Steinbeck – Winter of our Discontent

studio view with “Auntie Virus”

I am excited to inform you that the Millenium Gallery will be presenting my work at this years Turbine Art Fair  (from 11 to 14 July 2019) in Johannesburg, and I will be attending!! I am looking forward and do hope to see and meet some of you there, but for those who can’t make it…feel free to contact me and I will forward a ‘digital catalog’ to you.

A vigour of hybrids

I recently completed a ‘vigour’ of hybrids, and they are on their way to a new home. Many thanks to the patron of the arts!

Work in progress

Other news: I am currently preparing for a group exhibition in August and a small solo exhibition in Spring…but more on that later. Stay warm, keep well, until next time…

I’ll leave you with another quote by Mr Steinbeck:

“A little hope, even hopeless hope, never hurt anybody.”
― John Steinbeck,The Winter of Our Discontent

A recent photograph of moi taken by my friend Karen de Kock.

 

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