Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Change is (almost) always good

If you've been on my blog before, you'll notice that things have changed quite a bit. I have not been posting updates often enough, since I upload all my new artworks onto my website, and most onto my Facebook page. I also post updates on the Art.Love.Nature site and my Instagram feed. Which leaves this blog neglected.

Something else I've also been neglecting is my writing - which has over the years included art reviews, poetry in both Afrikaans and English, rantings, musings and other writing about my experiences, my art, my life, the environment and society. These pieces of writing are hiding under stacks of other unfiled papers, it's creased and crunched between art materials and old painting rags, and it's not been categorized, documented or catalogued in any way before now.

So.... As with all things in life, change is the only constant. This blog is now dedicated to documenting and cataloguing my writing work (those that I'll retrieve from all corners of our home, as well as new work). It will be categorized or 'tagged' according to whether it's just a snippet/work-in-progress or a literary work that I deem completed. It will include all kinds of writing, text, words, contextualizing, conceptualizing and often some pretty emotional or somewhat aggressive expressions. 

The more things change the more they stay the same... I will, of course, add images, photographs and illustrations to some of these written works, especially if it helps express my message or thoughts more effectively.

I hope you stay on this journey with me, or if you're just joining, I hope that you'll enjoy this new journey with me! Namasté fellow earthling!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dirt is Good at THAT ART FAIR

Dirt is Good Process-based, time-based soil installation 27 February – 1 March 2015 Created on the first day of THAT ART FAIR, in Salt River, I created this drawing/design by pouring soil from my garden into lines and neatening each line with a paint brush.

I invited Fair goers to add drawings and thoughts onto paper, which I then integrated into the drawing. Over the next two days of the Fair the installation changed as people walked over and through it. Passers-by thus collaborated by giving their thoughts as well as changing the soil drawing with their feet.

Passers-by collaborated by giving their thoughts as well as changing the soil drawing

So often we only value art that would last, and even outlast us. But how much more valuable is art and expression that captures our own fleeting nature and the impermanence of everything we experience. It is in the fleeing and present moment that we find real value – not in dwelling in the past, not in worrying about the future.

We have been conditioned to believe that dust and dirt is ‘bad’, and kids are now kept from playing the mud in the way that I used to play in the mud. We forget that the most nutritious and healthy foods come from the soil, and not a fridge, lab or factory.

I think it’s time to rethink and relook how we feel about the world around us.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Land Art in Arderne's Garden, Claremont

I am part of a group of artists who meet  in a different place once every month to create site-specific temporary art installations with the materials we find around us. Here's what I created during the August gathering. Want to know more about the gatherings? Read more...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Kingdom Exhibition

On Wednesday I decided to have a look at the Kingdom exhibition at Equus Gallery, on my way back from a meeting in Stellenbosch. The Gallery is situated on the beautiful Cavalli Estate, on the R44 between Syellenbosch and Somerset West. 

I am incredibly glad I went. Not only am I extremely impressed with the artworks exhibited, but I was also blown away by the architecture, the landscaping that utilizes indigenous plants, and the vertical garden outside the gallery. The galllery space is also striking - clean, large open spaces, and a skylight that covers almost the entire ceiling, helping to create an ambience and soft light that compliments the artworks. 

The exhibition on view at the moment, entitled "Kingdom", is a curated collection of artworks inspired by, or representing, the natural kingdom.  Here's a selection of some of my favourite works from the exhibition.

Specimen Three, Rebecca Jones, Paper, wire and thread
Aloes TwoRebecca Jones, Paper and wire 
Towerland, Matthew Hindley, 2014, Oil on canvas, 2 x 2.5 m.

Sunset, Paula van Coller Louw, 2014, Oil on cavnas, 150 x 180cm.
Green Apple, Willie Botha, Fibreglass, 600mm diameter.
Let the Swallows Go, Jaco Sieberhagen, Lasered mild steel and paint, 63.5 x 35 x 13.5cm.
Meeting the Sun, Paula van Coller Louw, 2014, Oil on canvas, 180 x 240 cm.
The Kingdom Come (In me) I, II, III, Victoria du Toit, 2014, Watercolour on Arches paper.
detail from The Kingdom Come (In me) IIVictoria du Toit, 2014, Watercolour on Arches paper.
detail from The Kingdom Come (In me) IIIVictoria du Toit, 2014, Watercolour on Arches paper.
detail from The Kingdom Come (In me) IIVictoria du Toit, 2014, Watercolour on Arches paper.
detail from Rose, Victoria du Toit, 2013, Watercolour on Arches paper.
Saad (Seed)Hanien Conradie, 2012, Oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm.
Melk (Milk) & Saad (Seed), Hanien Conradie, 2012, Oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm
Will Buy you Time, Nigel Mullins, 2011, Oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm.
Memory Vein, Robin Brown, Innova pigment print 280 gsm, Limited edition of 10.
Bow to Bee, Robin Brown, Innova pigment print 280 gsm, Limited edition of 10.
On a Wing and a Prayer, Robin Brown, Innova pigment print 280 gsm, Limited edition of 10.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fear & Loss - Industrial Karoo

If you're in the area, please support and attend this incredible exhibition curated by Katie Barnard du Toit. I am participating, exhibiting an artwork entitled "Bone Country", which will only be available for view on my website after the opening of the exhibition.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sketch Challenge: day 9 & 10

Day 9

Favourite TV Show

Day 10

Favourite Candy
I stay away from processed foods as much as possible. After I weaned myself off processed sugar, fruit is sweet enough to satisfy my 'sweet tooth', and now my favourite candy is dates! The Nãkd bar that I sketched on day 3, is also made from dates as main ingredient!