“An awareness of trees”

“An awareness of trees” started with an incomplete sentence; “I am a…… tress, in/on/besides……”
The task was to spend time with trees, in reality, in memory, in imagination and explore with various media a way into our experiences and feeling with trees.
Fill in the dots, or name the image in another way but find your way with trees. Some of the artist worked in groups, different groups in different places, others worked in their studios.

Each person has an intimate story of a tree or trees; from childhood or yesterday  or today. Each sketch, painting, sculpture, photograph, story, made me see trees differently and in greater relevance to the microcosm and the macrocosm of our lives.

It is a co incidence, it is synchronistic that this exhibition quietly comments and contributes towards the greater awareness made by the climate conference in Paris.
Our trees are among many asking to be seen.
The ability of the artists in this exhibition, however skilled or tentative, remains true to the aesthetic that is seeking greater proficiency and visual intelligence, an ongoing losing and finding  in order to create something greater, something autonomous, an image that speaks with commitment and humility and takes its place in the complex cosmos of images since the beginning of visual time.

Last week at an event to celebrate Thupelo art projects 30th birthday one of my fellow artist thanked me for “creating conditions” for artists to work in. The way to do this and the need to do it comes from my family and many friends; this is what I do, they  have done and still do and I would like to pass on this compliment to Art Sauce; they  “create conditions” for artists.  Creating conditions is about laying a foundation and installing scaffolding; for some playing in the scaffolding, interacting and exchanging experiences, ideas and skills is enough.  For others,  building onto or extending the scaffolding  is more stimulating. The decision is determined by the individual.

Anthony Cawood installed most of the  work that was put forward for this exhibition and in my opinion has found a narrative between the work and the way they interact.
It is a studio exhibition, in a studio space; it has not been curated.
The informality continues; there is no commission. Please buy work from the artists or through Art Sauce; plus 5% if using a credit card (Either way please tell art sauce just for my records.)

67 Blankets



Thupelo Workshop


The Thupelo workshops were the first Triangle workshops in Africa; this year it is thirty years since the first one outside Johannesburg. The 2015 Thupelo workshop at Ruth Prowse has indeed been a celebration of creativity, ideas and skills sharing and interactive exchange. There has been a harmony in the diversity of ages and practices; I feel in myself and I observed around me a happiness in all that has been happening! Each day, each participant {including myself} felt a new confidence to explore and open up to inner and outer stimuli, extending their practise or shifting and sometimes deepening their engagement with the work at hand. Conversations, sound installations, presentations, performances, a digital piece, hands and minds improvising images into tangible forms. The intermittent sound of the mbira floated through the school; staff, students, the participants and the support group contributed to the lightness and the gravitas of this embracing, productive workshop.

With reference to my own practise I got tied up in the inevitable knots and tricks set in place by the “guardians” ; trying too hard and over working; asking the usual questions, what for, how, why…and then I slipped into it, creative energy taking over from neurotic energy. Colour becomes an independent agent that filters through hands, emotions and feeling, psyche seeks the message that colour distributes. So undoing became the way through. By laying down, peeling away, stripping, revealing and using the walls of my little room as my surface I was not contained by an edge, my work gained fluidity and did not resolve. I did not find much but I lost a lot. There are love letters and postcards, calligraphy in space just as the dancer is; all these internal chattering left me, there is terror in listening until the literal is forgotten and even poetry becomes still. Just the mbira was welcome. Improvised synchronicity is away from reason but has an intelligence. One afternoon I slipped through the guardians and I worked very well; just a chink, a glimpse of what could be on a flat surface with colour.



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Benetton exhibitions

Benettons collection 2013
Clear Blue Sky
Part of the South Africa: 10 x 12 @ SA
Curated by Nadja Daehnke

9 July – 3 August 2014
at Ca’ dei Carraresi, Treviso, Italy (see http://www.laviadellaseta.info/). The South African collection will presented with the collections from Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Cuba, Mongolia, Romania, China, India, Japan and Iceland.

12 or 19 November 2014 – 20 January 2015
at Museo Bilotti, Rome, Italy (see http://www.museocarlobilotti.it/). The exhibition will include all and only collections coming from African continent.

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