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

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Winter Update (studio news)

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Whew, since we last spoke, I decided to embrace change!

My studio is my happy place

Studio view (photographer Kleinjan Groenewald)

so I will focus on that and use my time and space wisely. But since it is school holidays, I aim to go out and have fun with my boys too!

Normally winter is for hibernating, but I feel relieved that I finally got around to sort the files on the computer, re-arrange the studio, and to meet up with a professional photographer to document my work…

Above is Kleinjan Groenewald in action. He can do magic with light, and agreed to document my work at my house in Stilbaai…all the way form Cape Town. I met him through a mutual friend and then things just happened from there., but I think it was fate…anyway, You can also check out his other work at: www.kleinjangroenewald.com

So with new photos of most recent work…I started to update my website!

It is still a work in progress. I decided to have less labels and to upload the more recent work. In the future I would like to add a section for ‘installation images’ as well. I am open to comments, suggestions, criticism and feedback.

The line-up with regards to exhibitions is very exciting until October this year, and I hope to keep you up to date with good quality images.

best wishes until we speak again.

xxx

 

winter of my (dis)content..

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I’ll admit…t’s been a while since I’ve posted something on this blog, but alas,…I’m still here 😉

Been thinking a lot about change:

There are 31,530,000 seconds in a year. A thousand milliseconds in a second. A million microseconds. A billion nanoseconds. And the one constant, connecting nanoseconds to years, is change.
The universe. From atom to galaxy, is in a perpetual state of flux. But we humans don’t like change. We fight it. It scares us. So we create the illusion of stasis. We want to believe in a world at rest, the world of right now.
Yet our great paradox remains the same. The moment we grasp the “now”, that “now” is gone. We cling to snapshots. But life is moving pictures.
Each nanosecond different from the last. Time forces us to grow. To adapt.
Because every time we blink our eyes… the world shifts beneath our feet.

Every day, every moment, every nanosecond, the world changes. Electrons bump into each other and react. People collide and alter each other’s paths.
Change isn’t easy. More often, it’s wrenching and difficult.
But maybe that’s a good thing. Because it’s change that makes us strong. Keeps us resilient.
It teaches us to evolve. (quote of the day from the series Touch)

Winter is here, and here is what’s happening in the studio:

  1. coming up in July is a group exhibition titled: FLUX-  which will form a part of the main Visual Arts program of the Vrystaat Arts Festival, 8-14 July 2018. More details to follow later.
  2. excited to be invited to participate in a group exhibition: Black Humour at Fried Contemporary in August. Watch this space for details.
  3. September and October holds the promise of interesting things to happen, but for now, I aim to deep -clean the studio, add finishing touches to works in progress, re-write artist statements, sort out folders on the computer, document artworks, and figure out how to take better photographs of my work. I’ve tried, and even called in help from my husband, as you can see:but maybe it is time to phone a professional. 😉

So dear friends, keep warm, embrace change and we’ll speak soon. xxx

Mad as a March Hare…You are invited!

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Alice (in Wonderland): “Who’s to say what is “proper”? What if it was agreed that “proper” was wearing a codfish on your head? Would you wear it?”

Anyway…this is not why I write to you today….

“Then you should say what you mean, the March Hare went on. ‘I do”, Alice hastily replied’ ‘at least I mean what I say – that’s the same thing, you know’. ‘Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. ‘Why, you might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see!”. -Lewis Carroll.

I would like to invite you to TWO group exhibitions this month!

Is it “proper” to participate in two exhibitions in the same province, in the same month?

I don’t know if it is ‘proper’ or not, all I know is that I’m feeling blessed.

Alice (in Wonderland): From the moment I fell down that rabbit hole I’ve been told where I must go and who I must be. I’ve been shrunk, stretched, scratched, and stuffed into a teapot. I’ve been accused of being Alice and of not being Alice but this is my dream.

Anyway if you are in the Gauteng area (Pretoria and Johannesburg) on the 7th until the 10th of March 2018… then

YOU ARE INVITED!

and 

Lord Ascot: Charles, you have lost your senses? This picture is impossible.

Charles: Precisely. Gentlemen, the only way to achieve the impossible, is to believe it’s possible.

On that note, I wish you and yours a happy weekend.

I am brainstorming on ways to get myself from the coast to Gauteng for these events, and hope to see you there. fingers crossed. xxx

back to normal, whatever that is…

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Good morning everyone

….it is actually ‘back to school’ day today, so that means, I have my studio to myself again, which makes it feel like ‘back to normal’.

 

Not that I mind having my kids around me, but lets face it….now i can hear my own thoughts…. 

and luckily for me I don’t need the studio to keep on stitching, so even if I did stitch almost everyday, I did make time for reading

and playing,

eating – ice cream and cotton candy

laughing and coping with little sleep etc.

Hope you had a lovely holiday as well.

Back to the studio:

I am currently preparing for 2 group shows during February and March (more on this later). For the one I made small ‘new’ altered pages

, and for the other I am reworking some ‘older’ pieces-

why? because a work of art is never finished is it? And I feel that there is always room for improvement….

But now I have a question for you….so if the original work was exhibited in 2015, and now I’ve reworked it…do I date it 2015/2018 or do I take the previous date out and just date it as 2018? Please let me hear your thoughts on this.

I’m looking forward to share my thoughts, process and dreams with you this year…talking about dreams:

Oh my life is changing everyday
In every possible way
And oh my dreams
It’s never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems

-Lyrics from the song: Dreams by The Cranberries

R.I.P Dolores (lead singer from the Cranberries)