Remember to sleep with your eyes open…a reminder

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Remember to sleep with your eyes open (detail)

Dear friends,

Just a quick reminder that I’ll be sending out a preview art-catalogue tomorrow the 13th of September (lucky number)!

This catalogue will feature available work for the upcoming BaardskeerdersBos Art-route on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2018.

If you’d like to receive one, feel free to let me know and I’ll put you on the mailing list. A big thank you to those who have sent their e-mail addresses to me already. I appreciate the interest in my work.

Remember to sleep with your eyes open 2016

I’m looking forward to share it with you…there is a couple of surprises in there.

As they say: You snooze you loose 😉

p.s the photographer of my work : Kleinjan Groenewald

 

 

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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

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)

 

 

 

Winter newsletter

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It’s been a while, but I thought today will be a good day to share what is happening in the studio because – 21 June usually marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, which is the day of the year with the fewest hours of daylight in the Southern Hemisphere….(I hope to get some extra sleep 🙂

 

“The sheep that ate her flower” 2017 (Altered page, cotton thread and rubber)

  1. The second leg of the Judith Mason Tribute exhibition opens at the Moineir Gallery in Pringle bay on the 1st of July…you are invited;

Judith Mason tribute exhibition invitation

2. “Atlas” (and friends) is heading to Johannesburg for the annual Turbine Art Fair (14-16 July 2017) via Lizamore & Associates gallery.  He hopes to see you there.

Atlas (altered vintage photograph, cotton thread and rubber)

3. In August, my work will be included in a group exhibition: Comfortably numb, coming soon…. I will keep you posted

“Comfortable” cotton thread and rubber 2017

Do I bite of more than I can chew? ..Possibly, but I do like a challenge, and have to remind myself that anything is possible…just DO!

 

4. I recently had a fun photo shoot with photographer Val Wessels.

Photographer: Val Wessels

Standing with all my children, which are destined for a small solo at the Artbank later this year….more about this a bit later – as soon as the opening date has been announced.

4. Preparations underway for a solo exhibition at Lizamore & Associates gallery in Johannesburg…coming soon: 5 October 2017!

Work in Progress

5.  And last but not least… preparations for a small solo at MContemporary – Australia in November 2017…more details to follow in the spring newsletter

“Pincushion” work in progress

3 solo’s again this year….exciting times…and grateful for these opportunities.

Note to self:

“You are not to lose your nerve! go on through with it and play your own game all the way!” page 125 from the book : Myths to live by” – Joseph Campbell…

and with that …wishing you a wonderful Winter Solstice- keep warm xxx