Just before the year was over a great joy was announced; there would be a family meeting, a joyous reunion! When the time came for this anticipated gathering the woods were abuzz as the nice friendly giant proudly walked into the forest greeted merrily by the good fairies and ecstatic family pet. The forest Faye entertained their kin by playing with fire as they trapezed through the night sky; so many came and told them that the guests enjoyed watching you. Sadly, the nuclear family was alienated after their controversial rendition of ‘what’s love got to do with it?’. Thank you for coming said the wicked giants as the evening drawn to a close and the overwhelming sense of ‘you can’t choose your family’ was left hanging in the air. Walking out of the woods the artificial family just chuckled to themselves remembering that it’s all relative. The end. -Linda Fletcher
You can check out the link above if you want to see me reading Linda’s version on Instagram. (unfortunately WordPress doensn’t allow me to embed the video, and my copy doesn’t want to upload here, but…
below is the video I uploaded reading the one I wrote 😉
Thank you Linda for participating in making up a story using the titles of the works for my upcoming exhibition at MContemporary gallery in Sydney. Only 21 days to go!!
“Are real people fictions? We mostly understand ourselves through an endless series of stories told to ourselves by ourselves and others. The so-called facts of our individual worlds are highly coloured and arbitrary, facts that fit whatever fiction we have chosen to believe in. It is necessary to have a story, an alibi that gets us through the day, but what happens when the story becomes a scripture? When we can no longer recognize anything outside of our own reality? – Quote from Jeanette Winterson: Art objects p59
“We have to be careful not to live in a state of constant self-censorship, where whatever conflicts with our world-view is dismissed or diluted until it ceases to be a bother. Struggling against the limitations we place upon our minds is our own imaginative capacity, a recognition of an inner life often at odds with the external figurings we spend so much energy supporting. When we let ourselves respond to poetry, to music to pictures, we are clearing a space where new stories can root, i effect we are clearing a space for new stories about ourselves.” Quoted from Jeanette Winterson – Art objects p60
“It may be that to understand ourselves as fictions, is to understand ourselves as fully as we can.” Jeanette Winterson – Art objects.
I am happy that I was able to upgrade my website recently, and now WordPress allow me to upload videos!
So without further adieu: herewith a video (courtesy of the gallery). Thinking back with fond memories to the opening of EUCATASTROPHE on Saturday the 17th of April 2021 at Deepest Darkest Art Gallery in Cape Town.
I do hope you had a lovely festive season and that you are as excited as I am about what 2017 may hold for all of us.
I was very fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends…old and new.
Tomorrow the school year starts again, which means my routine in the studio will be back to “normal”. I am looking forward to that.
As for new-years resolutions..mine changes constantly, but for now I’d like to quote Marie Curie:
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood”.
With that said….
I would like to share the following video with you. A dear friend visited me early this year and this is what we did:
“If there is any kind of magic in the world …it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something.” Julie Delpy
Besides my ‘fear’ for a camera and my broken spoken English, I appreciate that Hugo van Schalkwyk attempted to “understand” me and then to share a bit of that understanding. It was a interesting learning experience.