She always wanted to be a bad girl

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"She always wanted to be a bad girl" 2016 Cotton thread and rubber 92 x 65 cm

“She always wanted to be a bad girl” 2016 Cotton thread and rubber 92 x 65 cm

It’s true…since childhood I preferred the ‘bad guys’ in stories more that the good ones. Why?

Well, because they are funny, sometimes they try harder, even when ‘good’ are sure to win. I also find their characters more interesting- and nobody ‘likes’ them…I have a soft-spot for outcasts.

My brother used to have He-Man toys, and back in the day there was a whole television series about it. Skeletor wasn’t portrayed as being very clever….I guess that’s why I don’t find him scary.

Metamorphic humour, which seizes the objects of fear, like beasts, and turns them into something different, something reassuring and even desirable has been the most wildly and successfully adopted stratagem in the confrontation of fear.

Attitudes to scariness change over time…needless to say not everyone enjoys being scared. (from the book: No go the Bogeyman by Marina Warner

“Here be dragons…”

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The group exhibition: “Here be dragons” opened tonight at Underculture Contemporary gallery.  I am happy to inform you that I am part of this exciting show.

This is what the gallery had to say about their last exhibition of 2014:

Medieval cartographers used the words “here be dragons” to warn seafarers away from uncharted and potentially dangerous corners of the globe, where sea monsters were believed to exist.

Meant to act as a deterrent, the warning instead ignited the imaginations of a few intrepid explorers, who set off in search of these terra incognita or unknown lands.

Much like these adventurers of old, contemporary artists are driven by an inner need to push back the boundaries, explore ideas, examine accepted myths and discover new territory.

For those who would share this modern quest, Underculture Contemporary invites you to join us as we launch our final group exhibition of 2014.

Exhibition: Here Be Dragons

While some may perceive the Eastern Cape as the uncharted corner of the South African visual arts industry, for those in the know it holds a wealth of talent and promise.

For this exhibition, some of the region’s best-known artists and rising stars come together to bring you the products of their artistic journeys.

This curated group showcase will feature a menagerie of fantastic creatures from the far corners of the province.

Come and support, enjoy and marvel at the arts and artists of the Eastern Cape. This is a show to celebrate the end of your voyage through 2014!

Please join us for the exhibition opening at 18:30 for 19:00 on Wednesday, December 10. The show closes on January 9, after which it will travel to Bloemfontein’s foremost contemporary space, Gallery on Leviseur.

"I'll kill a dragon for you" Embroidery on rubber/inner tubes and found object 2014

“I’ll kill a dragon for you” Embroidery on rubber/inner tubes and found object 2014

Dragons are a favourite subject in our household.  My 6 year old son is convinced that they still exist.  He desperately wants to visit a place called the “Drakensberg” because that’s where they reside in South Africa according to him.  Our 4 year old son constantly wanted me to remove his toy (featured on the work above)  whenever he saw it in my studio, but I convinced him that I need/want it for this work, since he doesn’t play with it any more.  Strange that as soon as my kids see their toys which they stopped playing with in another context then suddenly they want to play with it again.  Luckily we could reach an agreement without too much conflict.

The title of this work was inspired by the lyrics from one of my favourite Sinead O’ Connor songs: Troy:

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