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.
I am delighted to inform you that I am participating alongside some amazing artists in a group exhibition titled: “Yarn” which opened on Sunday the 21st at IS Art in Franschoek, Western Cape, South Africa. If you missed the opening, don’t despair, the exhibition runs until the 11th of November 2018.
The sheep that ate her flower 33 x 40 cm paper, cotton thread and rubber
the sheep ate her flower detail
and for those who cannot make it to South Africa to see the show, here is some more images of my work for this exhibition:
Mary’s gold – embroidered rubber
Mary’s gold detail
and since I could not attend the opening as well…I hope to share some installation images as soon as I receive them from the gallery…but until then…
Sacred heart detail
Feel free to contact the gallery directly for more information:
IS ART at 11 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa, 7690
021 876 2071
*photographs of my work courtesy of Kleinjan Groenewald
Why I decided to embroider on rubber….
because my life was hanging on a thread
because it makes ‘sew’ much sense
because I wanted to tread lightly and use what was available
because I needed a challenge
because the act of sewing is meditative
because i fell in love with the process
because rubber is tough and can be seen as masculine
because thread is delicate and an be seen as feminine
because i like the juxtaposition of thread and rubber
because nothing is what it seems.
The group exhibition “Unfolding Fibre” opens tonight at the Pretoria Art Museum.
Down below is a link to the e-catalogue for those of you who (like myself) cannot make it to this show. Enjoy!