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W: 3500mm x H: 700mm x D: 20mm
W: 138" x H: 28" x D: 1"
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About "Mask Series"
This set of 11 paintings were done after I had been inspired by a photograph in newspaper. Called it Fantasy Flowers but ended as being a statement on the disguises women wear or hide behind. Masks 1 to 5, also called Red, Blue, Yellow, Green & White Masks portray different females with different hats decorated with large outlandish flowers. Their faces are partly concealed by a veil and their mouths covered by insect or other animals. Depicts that still today there are women who live under intimidation, not being free to speak. Not being free to follow careers of their choice, not really knowing who they are but appear to be content to be the person their husband, parent or peers require of them!!! The total set of these 6 smaller ones and the other 5 canvases if hung in the ever decreasing size range from left to right would display my feelings on this complex subject. My essay on this:- Are we losing our identity? What do we hide behind? Do you ask yourself the qestion - Who am I?
Well, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, well known German theologian, imprisoned & martyred for his faith in WW2, also wrote a poem with that title. The Eternal Quest - to be the person we were created to be - seems to escape us. The world we live in can cause us to 'disappear'. The media bombards us with products designed to improve ourselves, or shows us movie stars/models & celebrities who are the so-called epitome of success! We try to be like others we feel are better than who we are or hide behind a mask of good manners, upbringing,fancy clothes, knowledge etc, because we cannot bear for others to see us as we really are. In our country today, many people do not know who they are anymore and others are so lost in the past history, they are struggling to catch up. Society so easily categorises people and we can get trapped into little boxes!
How do we get out? How can we all be free? How do we muster the energy for love & compassion? When all that is left is a feeling of intense restlessness and longing ..... Faith in God, the Creator of all in the Universe, is the answer.
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I appreciate all facets of life, beauty of creation in all its diversity- so paint people (expressive faces & those that tell a story) flowers, landscapes, cats are a particular love also. Enjoy colour & texture, so oils is preferred medium though have worked in acrylic & watercolour, as well as sculpture in clay. Have been commisioned to do murals, landscapes again with the feeling of travelling into the picture. Often have a spiritual message in the subject matter and have written short notes as I have meditated on the artwork afterwards. Being creative is very therapeutic for me and I know others that it has helped to be set 'free', so believe in the means of expressing one's inner self.
December 2000 -1st Solo, then each year thereafter joint exhibitions at Hermanus Art Society, Vermont Art Circle and with Group of 12 Women artists (Book Club) The latter ones generally with a theme & in 2008 exhibited "Miniatures". Also in recent years has taken part in exhibitions held at Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West & Marsh Rose Mall, Grabouw, 4ArtSake Gallery, Hermanus & La Vierge Winery & Restaurant. Latest commissions by Dept of Tourism, Western Cape.October 2010 exhibition as part of the Vermont Art Circle at Hornbill Gallery, Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus. My 2nd solo exhibition was held at Bellini Gallery, Main Road, Hermanus 10 years after my first. from 3 to 12 December 2010. The theme I chose, "People & Places" expressed my main emphasis & I was able to paint portraits of the people with whom I work daily plus friends in the community on Volmoed where I live & work. I was able to bless the staff by giving them their portraits as a Christmas gift - the joy & laughter that brought was very special. The official opening on 3 December was well attended & great fun with several sales also. We were all pleased with the outcome but not sure that I feel like painting right now!!!!!
I have recently joined the South African Society of Artists as a country member and participated in 3 exhibitions in 2012 at Kirstenbosch, the latter being the Annual Selection based one. During 2013, I have once again participated in their 2 Members exhibition and had one piece chosen for the Annual show in October. Bellini Gallery, Hermanus curently have small paintings of local people on display. My 3rd Solo is on at The Mission's House Gallery, de Villiers Street, Onrus, called 'TREES'. A series of trees painted from various place I visited over the past 18 months, with some experiments in technique & other media. Found inspiration from photos taken by my 2 daughters and other friends and of course on the farm in the beautiful valley where we live. Currently, am part of a group of five exhibition with the theme "Connections" at Mission's House gallery, Onrus. During this year, we have met monthly to paint together in my studio and experimented with portraits as we have included a Self Portrait in this exhibition, which did prove a challenge for some. We had a great crowd on opening night and look forward to sharing more experiences. Now 2014 - continue to help others with painting techniques on 2 afternoons a week and suring the Hermanus FynArts Festival (6---16 June) I conducted 2 workshops here on Volmoed: Colour mixing & development & Negative Spaces using Still life. I took part in a joint exhibition of works during the Kalfiefees (August) held in the foyer of Hermanus Municipal Auditorium. A recent commission during 2015, was to paint an 8 metre canvas with one of the Stations of the Cross to be erected with the other 13, in the Human Rights Centre/Palestine Museum in Cape Town. After an interesting and enlightening trip to Palestine in June, I elected to paint "Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem". It has already been on display at a conference in Johannesburg and hopefully the completion of the building & official unveiling of all will take place in next few months.
I continue to have others join me in the Artroom here for advice, guidance, demos & general instruction. I have undertaken to do Chalkboard work at 2 venues in Hermanus and participate in the annual Kalfiefees exhibition, last year I assisted in organising this. Several small galleries have examples of my works- Missions House Gallery, Onrus, Pure South, Main Road, Bellini Gallery and The Bistro -all in Hermanus plus the Plaaskombuis recently requested tractors and other farm type paintings for their Farmstall/restaurant.
I have also joined the WCAS(Western Cape Art Society) which meets in Somerset West and took part in the January exhibition at Harold Porter, Bettys Bay.
Senior Certificate Art, various art courses through the years
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