“Funeral” embroidery on rubber, altered photograph. 2014 (private collection)
“How many women would laugh at funerals of their husbands if it were not the custom to cry!” (quote from the book: Women, Wedlock and the world)
It’s almost time for Halloween. Unfortunately it is not a huge celebration in South Africa- as far as I know, not like others celebrate it in other countries, and especially not in small little towns like ours, but it’s okay. I do wish we celebrated the “Day of the Dead”.
Frances Ann Day summarizes the three-day celebration, the Day of the Dead—
On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children’s altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.
—Frances Ann Day, Latina and Latino Voices in Literature
I do not know why it’s the custom here in S.A to cry over the deceased rather than celebrate the life lived by that person…
Luckily it was one that I had free reign to do what I wanted. That also made it difficult, because I didn’t know the art patron well. All I knew was that she has written a book called “Dans met die rooi rok” and that she wanted an embroidered rubber doll. So instead of 1 I made 3 for her to choose from.
The first one I gave a red dress, because I’ve read about the book she wrote. Unfortunately I haven’t read her book yet, but it’s on my reading list! The quote on this artwork comes from the book: “Women wedlock and the world”.
The second “doll” is called “Blomme-meisie”. and the third ones title is: “Gouelokkies was eintlik n beer/Goldilocks was actually a bear”.
Instead of one she chose two!
These two found a home:
“Ignorance” embroidery on rubber/inner tube. 400 x 180mm (private collection)
“Blomme-meisie” embroidery on rubber/inner tube. 310 x120 mm (private collection)
I do hope that she gets as much joy from these pieces as I had in making them.