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.
“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
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.”
― The Winter of Our Discontent
A recent photograph of moi taken by my friend Karen de Kock.
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!
“Your craziness is another’s reality” embroidered rubber – Private collection
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)
- 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.
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
03 October 2018: “Minutes to Midnight” a solo exhibition at 99 Loop gallery, in Cape Town