Monday, July 21, 2008

on another roller coaster ride

Hi, sorry, i seem to pop onto the blog intermittently these days, in between manic sessions in the studio. As I explained recently on my art blog, doing the actual painting is a fraction of the actual work, there is a bunch of admin, publicity, running around etc that also happens. There are quiet spells, and then ones when everything seems to be happening at once. Now is such a time.... it seems that many of the galleries in town are having open exhibitions and a new gallery is giving me a solo exhibition starting on Friday, so that is enough incentive to do without some sleep and get motivated. My godmother died last week, at the age of 80, and I want to do a tribute to her, but it will have to wait a bit. I know she would understand, she was a brilliant artist and knew what it was like to be driven to create!


But there is just one thing I wanted to mention briefly.... I have posted before about the amazing Red Location Museum.... and shown pictures of the 3 remaining historic huts that remain from the establishment of the location in 1903. If you are interested in the struggle against apartheid, and want to read more about the background to it, and see lots of pix, follow the links.

Anyway, we got a comment on our PE blog this weekend, about how the shacks are under threat, due to vandals and thieves stealing the materials from the shacks and selling them to scrap dealers. There is even a facebook group to help save them.

All this was obviously churning around in my mind, because today, lo and behold, out popped a painting! So here it is.....
the words on the painting read "The time is running out. It is urgent that we unite and work together to mend the rips in the fabric of our society. Our freedom was won at a high cost – and we have the opportunity to rebuild and restore – but there are too many who vandalise, steal and destroy. We need to end the negative actions and save our heritage to remind us of our past- then build the future hand in hand.”
ok, that's it for now.... will chat again in a few days time when the exhibition is up.

7 comments:

Lilli & Nevada said...

wow that is amazing and i love the words to go with it.

V said...

i am speechless..."to end the negative"

thanx for writing this.

Neva said...

I am sorry about your grandmother. I will be waiting for your tribute to her! and the art...wow....amazing...good luck with your show....

babooshka said...

I understand about the painting only being a fraction of the work. Same in our artsy fartsy household. That's such a detailed image and the wording too, wonderful. Excellent post.

Kerri said...

WOW! Fabulous painting and moving words!

Shirley Goodwin said...

I always enjoy your paintings, Suzi.

JC said...

I'm amazed by your creativity. Be blessed. JC