Wild Yam, a festival of giving, is a small, community gathering that happens over New Years to celebrate community and the gifting economy. Inspired by festivals like Burning Man and Burning Seed, it is five days of fun, feasting, friends and family in a magical river valley!
Inspired by the idea of totems as being a representation of a community and its cultural roots, “Totem” is an interactive work that requires the participation of the community the totem is being created in, in order to be completed.
“Memory quilt” explores the notion of the quilt as both time capsule and custodian of cultural history, tradition and story in a specific time and place, community or family.
In 2013, I co-organised and created a pop-up group exhibition, “Ordinary (extra)ordinary” with Johanna Bodewes, exploring the storytelling possibilities of iphoneography with 10 women, some of whom were artists and some of whom had never thought of themselves as artists.
Crazy paper books for journalling. All hand made from recycled and scrap papers, and found objects.
“Effigy” explores the concept of original beauty through the various layers of what it means to be human; mind, body and soul. The metaphor of Babushka nesting dolls relates to relationships, of layers and of peeling or stripping away the surface to reveal inner depth. The form of the dolls is similar to that of the original effigies; the rounded, female earth mother.
Sketch paintings of goddess effigies.
“Cafe latte” is a collection of voyeuristic images, shot in cafes and inspired by the master street photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau.
“Horizontal fluux” is a borrowed word poem. I set it in motion in this piece for Motion Graphics in my BA Visual Communication (multimedia), 2009.
Music is “Smile Like You Mean It [Fischerspooner Remix]” by The Killers.