Category Archives: Stuff I have seen

Indigo Spider: Why Do We Have Art?

Storm in a Teacup

Storm in a Teacup

Wow, it is always great to know that people like what i am doing. It is such a honour and it gives me the inspiration to continue, even when sometimes the road seems to be just a bit too treacherous (like poison honey – as Wilma Stockenstroem would have said in her book: The Expedition to the Baobab Tree. Which, by the way, is my all-time favourite book).

A blogger, called Indigo Spider, has used my artwork to illustrate a beautiful point she is making on an important subject: Why Do We Have Art?  Go on, just click on it and have a look! What a pleasant surprise!

Also, since I am fairly new to the world of blogging, putting up my own webpage only last month and even got lured into using twitter, it is great to see how cool this all can work.

I must explain: in order to figure out how Twitter works (and gee, i am still not very literate with it, but please bear with me…) I looked up a friend of mine, who is using twitter and is blogging too (Andrew Robson – Check out his blog here) and looked around. He again is following the mysterious Indigo Spider. When I tried to sign up for Twitter, I seemed to have pressed on the “Get signed up to Follow Indigo Spider” instead of “Sign me up” or something like that…. So, being signed up, destiny already had set up one person to follow and  I decided that maybe i should check out the blog of this stranger… even if i do not like spiders, but Indigo… well that sounds cool. Ok, Indigo Spider is no spider after all, but a real person blogging about cool stuff in a funny and warm-hearted way and was kind enough to return the favour and follow me on twitter and visit my website.

And so the circle closes…. the Indigo Spider has been looking at my webpage, liked my art and has decided to use one of the works to illustrate her point, on which i totally agree.

What a beautiful world we share and how great that we can linked up with so many great spirits!

Thank you Andrew, thank you Indigo Spider and thank you, to all my friends who follow and support me and cheer me on!

Back from Cape Town…

I just came back from Cape Town, where I was fortunate to see some galleries and exhibitions. Always inspiring to see some new art. Four interesting exhibitions at the National Art Gallery: Roger Ballen’s photos  were striking and fascinating in a disturbing way. Although I am not a great fan of documentary photography, Ernest Cole’s images captivated me – here is a quick explanation from the website:  “Ernest Cole believed passionately in his mission to tell the world, in photographs of unsurpassed strength and gravitas, what it meant to be black under apartheid. In order to publish his book, House of Bondage, Cole went into exile. Immediately after it was produced in 1967, his publication was banned here, and this major critique of apartheid is seldom seen in South Africa.”

The In Context exhibition showed a variety of contemporary works focusing on how different artists view South Africa – well curated and cool works ranging from video, 2-d works to  installations.

Thumbs up for the gallery, that always seem to have some really great exhibitions on offer.

Sue Williamson at the Goodman Gallery was cool, too. If I weren’t so tired i would write some more about that exhibition and the others… but, I am tired. So, rather follow the link and read up for yourself what the gallery has to say. And hopefully some other day i have more time and can tell you more about my thoughts….

(above a picture of me in front of the Goodman Gallery in Woodstock)