The winter tree, after being stamped by attendants at a baby shower, becomes a blooming spring tree.
“I don’t know if you’re aware of this, Josephine, but African parrots, in their native homes of the Congo, they only speak French?”
The African Penguin is a quirky little creature
The very first set of paintings I had up at an exhibition in a real art gallery (as opposed to the community hall) contained a panel where a hummingbird and a dragon play a macabre tug-of-war
My falcon is unequivocally, unambiguously, uncompromisingly a symbol for Artemis
The wise owl
Slow and steady, steadfast, unchanging, unflinching
The Fox is my favourite animal because:
When I use fish in my work, it is in the guise of masculine symbol for abundance.
Gaan jy die Nuclear Holocaust oorleef? Huh? Huh? Gaan jy?
Will you survive the Nuclear Holocaust? Hm? Will you?
Indomitable. They can survive without their heads. They can
Peacocks, who are so lovely to behold! A delicacy, a delight. In medieval and Renaissance art they indicate heaven.
More recently, peacocks are associated with pride.
But I would like to revive the heavenly connection
Liefling, het jy gesien? Ek het die hemel en die aarde geskep net vir jou?
(Darling, did you see? I created the heaven and the earth just for you.)
The dragon is a feminine agent of chaos
This little notebook contains my Symbol Dictionary. It came about from an exercise that Emma Willemse gave in her Conceptual Art Course: create a set of 26 personal symbols for use in art making. In my first iteration (which I did at varsity still so that was more than 10 years ago) the dictionary was a set of iconic drawings, cut out and made into a mobile. I wish I still had that. Symbols included a penguin, butterfly, unicorn, crab claws, eye of Horus and some designs I made up. The process led to my personal mythology (ah, my memory is coming back!)
Veiled Lacy Frog
Collage on cardboard, Bleach&Ink on Tracing Paper
297 x 350 mm
There’s been a lot of owls around lately. Which is fine, nothing wrong with…
Veiled Apple Minette Visser 2014 Oil on Canvas 15 x 20 cm
Colouring in is a thing, apparently. But why colour in someone else’s picture when…