Month: March 2015

St Paddy’s Day

Hey, hey, hey!

Grab a green drink, it’s St Paddy’s Day!

But before you down the next drink,

Take a moment to think

About the shamrocks and the snakes,

And good ole’ Patrick, the Irish patron saint.

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Old Books and the Seven Artists

“A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Words on white pages transport us to worlds of wonder and wisdom, and we lead lives entirely unlike our own. With each turn of the page, our imaginations take to the skies and black ink paints characters and colours in our minds. As we celebrate National Library Week, we realise books can be bewitching and beautiful, without having to be read. Instead, they can be cut up, sliced through, stained, torn and sculpted. They are not destroyed, they are art.

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Art, or accidental architecture?

Ten million graphite soldiers line up on the page. Grey scaffolding is erected across empty space. The clutch pencil traces a tightrope, meticulous and measured, and the tamed imagination balances on the line.

And for her next act, the artist steps out of the arena and watches Chance breathe yellow pools and black puddles onto the page. The grey soldiers are washed over by a flood of bitter yellow and dark spots float through the scene. This is Vertigo.

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Responding to The Class of ’79

Janice Warman’s new book, The Class of 79, tells the story of three Rhodes students who challenged the apartheid system and risked their lives in pursuit of a better South Africa.

But what was the result? How much has this country changed, or not changed, since the days of segregation, violence and censorship? I posed these questions to some of the attendees of Warman’s book launch at the Eastern Star Gallery on Tuesday, 3 March – and then I drew their portraits.

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