“Getting even” Embroidery on rubber and found doillie 2014
Cross my heart
*My first solo exhibition at the Erdmann Contemporary gallery will open on the 10th of February 2015….Cross my heart
*With this exhibition I will continue to use my preferred medium: rubber from discarded tractor and car inner tubes…Cross my heart
*Although I’ve started to incorporate oil paint I aim to use the tread in a painterly way with these embroideries…Cross my heart
*I try not to make empty promises…Cross my heart
*These works are based on mental notes to myself….Cross my heart
*All the embroideries are done by hand by myself….Cross my heart
*I eventually – after some tears – received permission to use the toys belonging to my kids in some pieces…Cross my heart
*I am still interested in relationships…Cross my heart
*I am not a threat to this planet….I cannot cross my heart
but if I am I hope to die
stick a needle in my eye
Hannalie Taute 2014
“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…
It’s the first time ever I’ve done a commission.
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.