Pinocchio Pieta..

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Pinocchio Pieta, 2016 Cotton thread, batting, rubber and wood frame 50 x 34 cm

Pinocchio Pieta, 2016 Cotton thread, batting, rubber and wood frame 50 x 34 cm

The Blue Fairy: You must learn to choose between right and wrong.

Pinocchio: Right and wrong? But how will I know?

Jiminy Cricket: [watching] How’ll he know!

The Blue Fairy: [to Pinocchio] Your conscience will tell you.

Pinocchio: What’s a conscience?

Jiminy Cricket: What’s a conscience! I’ll tell ya! A conscience is that still small voice that people won’t listen to. That’s just the trouble with the world today…

Pinocchio: Are you my conscience?

Jiminy Cricket: Who, me?

 

talking about conscience…

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What’s that looking over your shoulder? 2016 found objects, textile, cotton thread and rubber 18 x 28 x 10 cm

Throwback Thursday: Fun on the farm

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Pre-exhibition playing dress-up on a friends farm with the ‘outfit’ I wanted to wear to the opening of the Grimm Needle exhibition.

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth” Oscar Wilde

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One day I hope to add some embroidery on the dress.

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Photographer: Anli Botha

Dr. Plague rubber mask made by : Anli Botha

Hooped rubber skirt made by: William Mills

Bats!

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Thank you to everyone who came to the opening night of The Grimm Needle!

Wynvlieg, 2016 Found object, textile, cotton thread and rubber 21 x 29 x 7 cm

Wynvlieg, 2016 Found object, textile, cotton thread and rubber 21 x 29 x 7 cm

I had such a blast and hope to publish some pictures of the evening soon.

but before you bat an eyelid,

Don't bat an eyelid 2016 Cotton thread, vintage photograph and rubber 27 x 22 cm

Don’t bat an eyelid 2016 Cotton thread, vintage photograph and rubber 27 x 22 cm

I would to talk a little bit about the work below.

Vlerrie het muisneste 2016 Cotton thread, vintage photograph and rubber 58 x 42 cm

Vlerrie het muisneste 2016 Cotton thread, vintage photograph and rubber 58 x 42 cm

My primary school teacher used to tell me that my head is full of ‘muisneste’- ‘directly translated it means mouse-nests, but the meaning of the word to me gets lost in direct-translation.

I suppose she was referring to my day-dreaming.

Nostalgia is a vampire, 2016 Cotton thread, vintage photograph and rubber 45 cm diameter (framed)

Nostalgia is a vampire, 2016 Cotton thread, vintage photograph and rubber 45 cm diameter (framed)

talking about day-dreaming….the bat represent dreams to me…I’m not sure what it represents to other people/cultures, but in real life they are amazing creatures too…

“There is nothing more startling than the operation of the vampire.  It performs its surgery at dead of night in a darkened room, and, while drawing its meal, supports itself in the air by the beating of its wings.  We marvel at the kestrel as she hangs with rapidly moving wings in the air,…this winged mammal, stealthily sucking blood while poised like a living helicopter, displays a proficiency not excelled by any creature”. (encyclopedia)

Die suigeling, 2016 Cotton thread, vintage photograph and rubber 45 cm diameter (framed)

Die suigeling, 2016 Cotton thread, vintage photograph and rubber 45 cm diameter (framed)

“Bats are devoted mothers, and carry their young with them, clinging to their fur, but the naked bat, having no fur for baby bats to cling to, has evolved a living cradle; a deep fleshy pouch on the underside of the body in which the thriving infant is carried.  With that in mind, and the further strange fact that some bats have added sucker discs, like the implements of the octopus, to their thumbs and feet, so enabling them to climb the smoothest surfaces, we must bid adieu to the wing handed folk, one of the most fantastic of all Natures’s experiments.” (encyclopedia)

Goodnight and sweet dreams xxx

 

 

Her dark side/Fetish…

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“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth” Oscar Wilde

Her dark side/Fetish 2015/6 Cotton thread, batting and rubber 140 x 98 cm

Her dark side/Fetish 2015/6 Cotton thread, batting and rubber 140 x 98 cm

This used to be the piece: Kopsku, which I’ve reworked for an upcoming exhibition.

I’ve added an “African mask”-

In most traditional African cultures, the person who wears a ritual mask conceptually loses his or her human identity and turns into the spirit represented by the mask itself.[3] This transformation of the mask wearer into a spirit usually relies on other practices, such as specific types of music and dance, or ritual costumes that contribute to conceal the mask-wearer’s human identity. The mask wearer thus becomes a sort of medium that allows for a dialogue between the community and the spirits (usually those of the dead or nature-related spirits). Wikipedia